Vaccine sign

Siri Hedreen / The Outlook

An Alabama Public Health sign promoting COVID-19 vaccination litters the Charles E. Bailey Sportplex.

Daily COVID-19 vaccinations are once again on the decline in Alabama with fewer than 5,000 doses administered per day in the past two weeks, according to Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), down from 24,160 in one day at its August peak.

It's not for a lack of potential recipients. Statewide, 44% of Alabamians are fully vaccinated, ahead of only West Virginia, Idaho and Wyoming, and just over half of residents over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated.

Tallapoosa and Coosa counties' vaccination rates fall below state average with a respective 41.7% and 37.6% of residents fully vaccinated.

Both counties are still on "high" alert for overall community transmission, according to ADPH.

But new COVID-19 cases have fallen from their early September peak, when Tallapoosa County was averaging 50 new cases per day. According to ADPH, four residents tested positive for COVID-19 Friday, the latest data available.

To date, 7,045 Tallapoosa County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, nearly one in five residents. Of those residents, 195 have died.

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