WATCH: UAB doctor discusses safety, efficacy of COVID vaccines


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Thursday, the University of Alabama Birmingham held another weekly Q&A about COVID-19 vaccines.

Dr. Suzanne Judd, a professor with UAB’s School of Public Health, discussed data that reinforces the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines from an epidemiologic perspective.

According to research by the Mayo Clinic, Alabama ranks second to last nationwide in the total percentage of residents being fully vaccinated. And that has health experts worried that COVID-19 cases could spike. 

Health department officials say only 32% of people have taken both doses of the vaccine in Jefferson County. To improve those numbers, the city of Birmingham is considering a vaccine lottery. If approved, it could provide incentives including offering scholarships to winners drawn daily.

As of June 9, the Alabama Department of Public Health reports 420,421 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8,898 people have lost their lives since the beginning of the pandemic in Alabama.

The ADPH stated that approximately 2,639,446* people had been tested since the pandemic began back in March. And in the last two weeks, the department reports roughly 1,765 coronavirus cases. The ADPH cites 509,800 presumed recoveries. This number will be updated weekly, according to the website.

According to the ADPH’s newer COVID-19 vaccine distribution dashboard, over 4.5 million vaccine doses have been delivered to the state. As of June 9, nearly 3 million doses had been administered.

The 10 a.m. conference will be streamed in the video player above.

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