covid19

American Family Care Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccine to Phase 1c Recipients

Select American Family Care locations are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people in Phase 1c. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) classifies 1c recipients as people over the age of 65, ages 16-64 with high risk medical conditions, or essential workers, such as transportation, food service, finance, and many more. Officials with the healthcare facility say that anyone interested in receiving…

MPS Releases School Reopening Plans

Students in Montgomery Public Schools will soon have the option to head back to the classroom. MPS officials announced Tuesday that starting March 29, all school employees will return to their school buildings. Students will remain virtual during the week of March 29. Face-to-face learning will resume on April 5. Officials say that all students will be provided with a…

AUM To Offer COVID-19 Vaccine to Those Who Qualify

Auburn University at Montgomery says it will offer an allotment of the COVID-19 vaccine starting this week. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to any community members who meets ADPH’s Phase 1A and 1B guidelines. The clinic will be held on Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18 from 8:00AM to 11:00AM and 1:30PM to 4:00PM at the AUM…

More than 8,000 Vaccines Given at Montgomery Clinic This Week

Montgomery COVID-19 Drive-Up Vaccination Clinic/Source: Alabama News Network Baptist Health officials say more than 8,000 people received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Montgomery Drive-Up Vaccine Clinic this week. Along with the original 5,000 doses provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health, Baptist Health was able to provide an additional 3,000 doses from its current community…

Vaccination of Black People Lagging Behind Whites in Alabama

New statistics indicate a disproportionately small number of Black people are getting vaccinations against the new coronavirus in Alabama, a trend the state’s top health official says shows the need to increase immunization efforts in the minority community. Demographic data compiled by the state has big gaps. But Dr. Scott Harris says the numbers that are available show about 55%…

2021 Hangout Music Festival Postponed Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

2019 Hangout Music Festival/Source: Hangout Music Festival A popular music festival in Gulf Shores has been postponed. Organizers say that the Hangout Music Festival that was originally set for May 21-23, 2021, was postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. The Festival made the announcement on social media Wednesday afternoon. Organizers say they are exploring options for a 2021 Hangout event…

Ivey Q&A: Governor discusses gambling, prisons and COVID

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she will not negotiate a compact with a federal Native American tribe unless voters approve expanded gambling. Ivey sat down with reporters Wednesday and said that state voters should have the final say over whether to expand casino offerings or create a state lottery. The Republican governor also defended her decision…

Gambling, virus bills before lawmakers in 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers are beginning the 2021 regular session. Republican Sen. Del Marsh said Tuesday that he hopes to introduce his planned lottery and gambling bill as soon as possible. Marsh said he believes voters are “ready to address this issue.” Republican lawmakers have said a top priority will be legislation to shield companies and others from…

Biden signs burst of virus orders, requires masks for travel

President Joe Biden signs executive orders after speaking about the coronavirus, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, left, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, right, in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is putting into…

Ivey urges patience with Alabama’s vaccine rollout

Gov. Kay Ivey received the second and final dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Montgomery (Source: Governor Ivey’s Office/Twitter) MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is urging people to be patient amid the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. Ivey addressed reporters Tuesday after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The governor said the state…