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Alabama Official On Vaccine Rollout: 'How Can This Disparity Exist In This Country?'

Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson is fighting for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. In her county, one health clinic in a predominantly Black area has yet to administer any doses.

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Corrected: March 10, 2021 at 10:00 PM MST
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Alabama Regional Medical Services, a clinic in Birmingham, Ala., had not yet received any doses of the coronavirus vaccine. In fact, ARMS says it received its first vaccines from the Jefferson County Health Department on Feb. 19 and its first shipment of vaccine from the state allocation on March 8.
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