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Pike County adds three more deaths, appointments for vaccinations continue to rise

Pike County adds three more deaths as a result of COVID-19 making a total of 29 confirmed deaths. Pike County also reached 1,436 confirmed cases, and Troy University reported five new cases.

Alabama added a total of 3,588 cases on Wednesday of which 2,603 were confirmed cases. This adds to the states total count of 414,583 cases of which 329,731 are confirmed cases.

While the number of cases continues to increase and people are trying to schedule appointments to receive the vaccine, the Alabama Department of Public Health said on Wednesday all COVID-19 vaccination appointments through county health departments are full.

ADPH “is aware that the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline: 1-855-566-5333 is experiencing difficulties. Staff continues working to expand vaccine scheduling capabilities at the call center,” the agency said in an announcement. “At present, there are no more appointments available at county health departments.”

Callers to the vaccine hotline can supply their information to be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted as soon as more appointments are available.

ADPH said demand for the COVID-19 continues to exceed supply with more than 326,000 healthcare workers and nearly 350,000 people in Alabama who qualify for the vaccine because they are 75 and older.

Alabama has received 271,925 vaccine doses and, as of the week ending Jan. 9, has administered 87,138.

ADPH launched the COVID vaccination hotline last week and it was quickly overwhelmed with calls, receiving more than 1.1 million in 24 hours. Online registration is under development but not available yet.