Cullman Regional selected as 1st round COVID-19 vaccination site for Alabama

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman Regional on Friday announced it is one of 13 health systems in the state of Alabama selected to provide vaccinations to frontline health care workers in the first round of COVID-19 vaccine distributions in the state.

“We are proud to have been selected as a Phase 1 Vaccination Clinic location,” Cullman Regional CEO James Clements said. “Phase 1 of the vaccination program is designed to provide front line health care providers with the vaccine.”

According to Alabama Department of Public Health, the state of Alabama will receive an initial allocation of 40,950 Pfizer vaccines which will be distributed to 13 health systems and include 15 vaccination clinic locations. Of that total, Cullman Regional will receive 1,950 vaccines.  Federal and state government guidelines specify how the vaccinations will be allocated to frontline workers.  The allocations are:  EMS staff (15% of allocation), physicians (15% of allocation), nursing home personnel (20% of allocation) and hospital staff (50% of allocation).

Cullman Regional is currently working to set up an on-campus vaccination clinic with appointments to accommodate all parties in a timely manner. Each dose of the vaccine must be defrosted prior to use and must be used within a limited timeframe; therefore, appointments will be required to ensure efficient use of all allocated vaccinations.

“The vaccine we will receive is set to be granted EUA (Emergency Use Approval) by the FDA on Dec. 10,” said Chief Medical Officer William Smith, MD. “We hope to receive our allocation soon after the approval; therefore, we will have our full vaccination plan ready by next week. We hope to learn more in the coming days and will share information with the community as it becomes available.”

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