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State reports people who got COVID vaccine out-of-state are being refused second doses

State reports people who got COVID vaccine out-of-state are being refused second doses

Can you get your second COVID dose closer to home? By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - State health officials report that some people who got vaccinated for COVID-19 out-of-state are being turned away for their second doses and those people now must be fit into the schedule in Alabama. Finding a second dose appointment for a particular COVID-19 vaccine for people who went out of state to get vaccinated is something the state would rather not have to deal with, according to Deputy Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers. Landers said other states are refusing second doses because they want to keep...

March 24, 2021
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Is the $600 stimulus payment enough for struggling families?

Is the $600 stimulus payment enough for struggling families?

How far will $600 go? By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Congress passed the $900 billion pandemic relief bill that includes a $600 direct payment, money for vaccination distribution, as well as money for small businesses. Lawmakers also added a $1.4 trillion catch-all spending bill to this vote. However, there was a lot of debate on whether the $600 dollar check is enough. Like many Americans, Amber Belton struggled during 2020. Belton was in the middle of a divorce and said because of the pandemic everything was more difficult. “We had to leave with nothing,” she said of leaving her family...

December 22, 2020
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Should voters get tested after heading to the polls?

Should voters get tested after heading to the polls?

How safe is it to vote? By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Even though wearing a face covering was not required at polling places, even though they’re considered one of the best defenses against spreading COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Public Health advised voters to wear them. Deputy Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Landers, with the ADPH said voters should adhere to the of wearing a face covering, social distancing, and keeping your hands clean. However, with the large crowds expected, long periods of time in those crowds, and shared spaces WBRC asked Dr. Landers if voters should head to...

November 3, 2020
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Is it legal to switch from absentee to in-person voting in Alabama after you’ve requested an absentee ballot?

Is it legal to switch from absentee to in-person voting in Alabama after you’ve requested an absentee ballot?

Changing your voter status By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Some voters were spooked after an appeals court ruling made hundreds if not thousands of mail-in absentee ballots invalid and as the state scrambled to get the issue corrected, some folks wanted to switch their voter status from absentee to in-person on Election Day. If you previously requested an absentee ballot but later decided not to turn it in and vote in-person on Election Day, Jefferson County Probate Judge James Naftel II, said Alabama law allows you to switch your status, but your ballot will be different on Election Day....

October 28, 2020
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Why will some absentee ballots in Alabama not count?

Why will some absentee ballots in Alabama not count?

By BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Alabama voters have returned a record number of absentee ballots, but we’ve learned some of the mail-in ballots may not be counted. That’s because a federal court has overturned a previous ruling that allowed some voters to submit ballots without witnesses. So what happened? In September a federal judge ruled that voters with certain medical conditions could turn in their ballots without them being notarized or signed by two witnesses. But the U.S. Court of Appeals overturned that decision on October 13th. Secretary of State John Merrill says not all ballots...

October 26, 2020
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