Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced Monday that the state will create an online portal to help the state’s overwhelmed vaccine program hotline.
Alabama called a toll-free number for those eligible to receive vaccines to schedule appointments. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the hotline was announced on Friday and received 1.1 million calls on the first day it opened.
Ivey said in a tweet on Monday: “In addition to the hotline, we are also improving registration capabilities by creating an online portal, and we will provide more information as it becomes available.”
Ivey announced last week that Alabama will provide vaccines to essential workers over the age of 75 and above from January 18. Since the announcement, ADPH, hospitals and local health departments have been called by many people seeking appointments. Receive the vaccine.
Ivey did not disclose when the online portal will be launched.
The state also reported that people trying to arrange appointments to receive vaccines are receiving a large number of hospital calls and urge people not to call the hospital directly, but to use the hotline.
Jefferson County, the most populous county in the state and the home of Birmingham, has created an online registration form for people in the county to notify them when they are eligible to receive vaccines and how to schedule appointments.
Ivey asks people to be patient before the online portal is launched and call the hotline only if you are eligible to schedule an appointment. Currently, the state only arranges appointments for medical personnel, emergency personnel, and people over 75.
Ivey said: “At the same time, we ask the public to be patient and call the hotline only if you are eligible.” “If you receive a busy tone, please try again later. We need everyone’s help. Finish this work.”