Many vulnerable populations have been anticipating information about how and when they can register for the COVID-19 vaccine. The information is always changing, and it can be a little confusing trying to find the most up-to-date details on the pandemic.
At SeniorSmart, we understand that seniors and their loved ones may feel anxious about leaving their homes until they have received the COVID-19 vaccine. To put your mind at ease, we will give you all the details you need for vaccine registration in Jefferson County. If you are ever struggling to find the latest information on vaccination or testing for COVID-19, please feel free to call us at 205.460.1124.
Vaccine Registration in Jefferson County
Registration is the first step toward receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, and applicants will be contacted as they become eligible. At this time, the following Jefferson County residents are eligible for vaccinations:
- People age 65 and up
- People who qualify for phase 1a – a group that includes vulnerable populations such as residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
- People who qualify for phase 1b
If any of these apply to you, you can expect to be contacted shortly after you register.
To register for the COVID-19 vaccine, you can go on the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency website. Click on the green link for the vaccine information registration form that you will need to fill out.
When you fill out the online form, there will be sections where you can indicate your age group and whether you are considered “high risk.” This information will be used to determine when you will be eligible for the vaccine. If you are currently working, you can also indicate which line of work you are in, which may factor into your eligibility phase. If you have any special conditions or require transportation to your appointment, there is a “comments” section provided where you can indicate your needs.
All applications will be reviewed, and you will be contacted when your group is eligible. Once contacted, you will be given all the information you need to schedule your vaccination appointment.
If you need assistance filling out the form, you can call the Jefferson County Vaccine Call Center.
Vaccine Eligibility for Vulnerable Populations
On February 8, 2021, the Alabama COVID-19 Vaccination Plan moved into phase 1b. Although seniors age 65 and up fall into phase 1c, they have been added to the list of eligible people along with phase 1b.
It will not be until phase 1c that vulnerable populations age 16-64 will be eligible for the vaccine. You may be unaware that your medical condition could be considered high risk and can help you qualify for the vaccine earlier.
High-risk medical conditions that qualify for phase 1c include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Heart conditions
- Being immunocompromised
- Having a solid organ transplant
- Having a BMI over 30
- Sickle cell disease
- Being a smoker
- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
SeniorSmart Can Assist You With COVID-19 Vaccine Registration
The process of registering for the vaccine may be confusing for some, but you do not have to figure it out on your own.
At SeniorSmart, we want to ensure that all of our Jefferson County seniors and their families stay healthy and well. Our members have access to all of our online resources as well as to our team of trusted advisors. We can help you navigate through the pandemic resources and get you registered for the vaccine for your peace of mind.