State Health Officer Scott Harris

Alabama pauses use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Apr 14, 2021


Alabama is pausing its distribution of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19 out of an abundance of caution while federal officias investigate reports of rare blood clots.

State Health Officer Scott Harris said about 300 sites throughout the state were giving the vaccine and will stop during the investigation.


Gov. Kay Ivey’s “Safer at Home” order will expire on Friday, but a new mandate is taking its place.

Ivey and State Health Officer Scott Harris have outlined a new “Safer Apart” order. The new mandate will strongly encourage people to maintain social distance and wear a mask in public, although doing so will no longer be required. It will remain in effect until 5 p.m. May 5.

The current “Safer at Home” mandate orders the wearing of masks in public buildings.

State Health Officer: Please wear masks after April 9

Mar 8, 2021
Dr. Scott Harris


With and end date to the governor's mask mandate in place, officials are recommending that Alabamians continue wearing masks even after the deadline.

State Health Officer Scott Harris said people should keep taking precautions after April 9 when the mandate ends. 

Gov. Kay Ivey announced last Thursday that she would not extend the order after it expires.

Harris said he hopes that on April 10 as many people will be wearing masks as the day before.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery might become the latest Alabama city to require the wearing of face masks in public as the city deals with rising COVID-19 cases. 

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said Friday that the proposal may be brought to the city council as soon as Tuesday.

Dr. Scott Harris


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris says the trend in coronavirus numbers depends which part of the state you are looking at. 

Harris said the state is continuing to experience outbreaks. He said Butler, Mobile, Marshall and Franklin counties have outbreaks.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is urging state residents to be smart and vigilant about the threat of the coronavirus even as the state takes steps to reopen. 

Alabama on Monday allowed restaurants to resume on-site dining and hair salons, gyms and bars to reopen. State Health Officer Scott Harris said it will take two to three weeks to know the effects of loosening public gathering restrictions.