Huntsville Hospital will receive its first shipment of the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday.
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Huntsville Hospital will receive its first shipment of the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the hospital, Jennifer Lapidus.

The U.S. gave the final go-ahead for the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine Friday evening.

The FDA called the vaccine from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech safe and strongly protective. Initial doses are scarce and rationed, with health workers and nursing home residents first in line.

The Huntsville Hospital system said earlier this month that it expects to receive 6,825 doses of the coronavirus vaccine in the first round of distribution. Read more here.

On Monday, Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers said the system plans to start administering the vaccine on Wednesday. He said 4,800 doses will go to Huntsville Hospital and 1,900 will go to Athens-Limestone Hospital.

Spillers said the system will follow the Alabama Department of Public Health's plan for administering the vaccine, which will allow frontline workers to receive it first.

We spoke to State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris about that plan for distribution. Read more here.

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