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Alabama health officials to use social media to drum up COVID vaccinations and testing

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The Alabama Department of Public Health is launching a new campaign to inform the public about Covid-19. “Alabama Unites Against Covid” is a multimedia campaign that utilizes social media, commercials and a website to promote vaccination and testing. It allows users to view updated state guidelines and vaccine information. Wes Stubblefield is a district medical officer for ADPH. He says it’s important to have a central website for Alabamians to view scientifically-based information on Covid.

“There's a lot of different information about Covid that's circulating through communities and through social media,” said Stubblefield. “It's very important that people have accurate and up to date information that's scientifically based that comes from trusted resources like the Alabama Department of Public Health.”

The website hosts information regarding frequently asked questions as well as vaccination sites and testing locations. Stubblefield says the department wants to provide a public resource that’s easy and accessible to use.

“What we wanted to do was provide Alabama with a simple and easy to use website which is available at Alabama united dot com where people could go to have accurate information about covid vaccines, covid testing and the other frequently asked questions about the covid virus and infection itself,” Stubblefield contended.

Alabama Unites also has a portal to ADPH’s Covid dashboard which currently reports that almost six-million doses of the vaccine have been administered in the state. That still ranks at the bottom among U.S. states, and just ahead of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.

Monica Nakashima is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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