School COVID Cases Rise 605% From Last Year, Public Health Official Says | Local News
Students 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, and Harris said as many students as possible should be vaccinated as soon as possible. The full benefits of vaccination are not visible until about six weeks after the first injection.
“If you want to have a normal school semester, or as close as possible; if you want to have a great holiday season with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, that’s how we do it, ”said Harris. “We are getting people vaccinated now so that in two to three months we can try to get back to normal, more or less, which is a place we all want to be. “
As of Friday, 2,620 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alabama. And while hospitalizations fell below 2,700 for the first time in weeks, Harris said hospitals were still overwhelmed, especially when it came to intensive care bed capacity.
A federal team sent to a Baldwin County hospital left for another state, but Harris said a team sent to Southeast Health in Dothan was extended for several weeks and a team arrived at Dale County Medical Center in Ozark this week was approved for an extended stay.
The US Department of Health and Human Services is performing assessments at five other hospitals in the state, including two at Wiregrass – Flowers Hospital in Dothan and Troy Regional Medical Center.