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Quarter of Walker County completely vaccinated

WJLX Local News is provided by the Daily Mountain Eagle

As of Tuesday, more than a third of Walker County’s population has received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and about a quarter are now completely vaccinated, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The information was available on the department’s online COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Dashboard. The dashboard reflects Alabama residents 16 years or older receiving one or more doses.

Walker County, which has a population of 51,034, has seen 17,632 citizens receiving at least one dose as of Tuesday. The percentage of people receiving one dose in the county is 34.55 percent, up from nearly 27 percent on April 6.

The total number of county people completely vaccinated is 12,701 (up from 7,849 three weeks ago), while the total number of doses administered as of Tuesday is 28,385. The percentage of those completely vaccinated, when compared to the total population, calculates to 24.89 percent.

In Walker County, 57.61 percent of the people getting the vaccine, or about 13,400 people, have been female, while 42.24 percent, or about 7,400 people, have been male. A total of 75.9 percent, or about 12,700 people, have been white, while blacks made up 4.73 percent, or 834 people, followed by other races. However, 2,700, or 15.39 percent, were listed as “not reported” for race.

For Walker County, among those getting their first dose, 20.84 percent, or 3,700, are age 75 or higher, while 25.81 percent, or 4,600, are age 65 to 74. A total of 21.67 percent, or 3,800, are ages 55 to 64, and 31.69 percent, or 5,600, are ages 16 to 54.

Across Alabama, according to the website, nearly 2.45 million doses have been administered, while, for the first time, more than 1 million people have completed a vaccine series. A total of 1.47 million have received at least one dose in the state. Just over 3.8 million doses have been delivered to Alabama.

In Walker County, Walgreens and Walmart are listed by the state website as federal pharmacy locations in Jasper and Sumiton.

The Walker County Health Department, Walker Baptist Medical Center, Capstone Rural Health Center (Parrish and Arley), Dabbs and Hyland PC in Jasper, Sam Glover Drugs in Jasper, and Carbon Hill Drugs are also providing vaccines.

The dashboard, which provides statistics on all Alabama counties and the state, is updated Monday through Friday by 2 p.m.

The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Vaccine Eligibility Check and Scheduling Portal is available on the department’s website.