"We understand that everyone is anxious, but everyone who wants the vaccine will be given the opportunity to get vaccinated".
The recommendations are for states to expand their vaccination pool to those 65 and older as well as younger people with certain health conditions.
"We are partnering with other health care providers, colleges and universities to utilize nursing students, paramedics, and other health care professionals to help vaccinate residents", Palmer said.
The CDC guidelines are only a recommendation but are created to increase what's seen as a slow national rollout of the coronavirus vaccine. As of Tuesday, about 27.7 million doses had been distributed, and more than 9.3 million people had received their first shots. In Alabama, the state has administered 87,138 COVID-19 vaccinations - roughly 32% of its total allotment - since its program began the week of December 12, 2020.
Azar said the government will stop holding back the required second doses and deliver them to state authorities.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the policy shift on Tuesday.
Dr. Frederick Davis, from Northwell Health, says time between doses is usually three or four weeks, and although he believes it is important to receive the second dose on time - he says getting the first dose out should be the priority.
"We would much rather see states move as quickly as possible and use every avenue possible to meet demand, than to leave vaccines sitting in a freezer", said Azar.