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8 cities get mass COVID vaccination sites in Alabama: Where they are, who qualifies for vaccinations? – AL.com

The Alabama Department of Public Health will launch mass vaccination clinics for COVID-19 in eight cities around the state as it ramps up its efforts to distribute shots to more than a million people.

Drive-through vaccine clinics opened this week in Mobile, Auburn and Birmingham. New locations in Anniston, Dothan, Montgomery, Selma, Tuscaloosa and Huntsville will open next week.

On Feb. 8, the eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccination in Alabama will widen to include people age 65 and older and some essential workers, including teachers, food and agricultural workers, correctional officers and several other categories. The department of public health has created an online portal to check eligibility and register for vaccines.

Although the state’s allotment of vaccines has increased in recent weeks, patients in the newly expanded categories may still have difficulty getting appointments in the coming weeks, said Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.

“Generally our health departments are booked through April and they are mostly focused on second shots, so that makes it hard to get new people in right now,” Harris said.

In addition to the new mass vaccination clinics, a pilot program to distribute vaccines at selected Walmart locations could begin in about ten days, Harris said. People will have to remain patient in coming months. Even if they become eligible, limited supply may prevent everyone who wants a shot from getting one, Harris said.

“The real challenge is managing the expectations of the public,” Harris said.

Most of the sites require appointments for vaccines, but clinics in Montgomery and Selma will offer shots on a first-come, first-served basis. Here is some additional information about the new vaccination clinics:

Anniston:

All appointments have been filled

Regional Medical Center: 256-235-5600 or visit www.rmccares.org to be placed on waiting list.

  • February 8-9, Oxford Civic Center, 401 McCullars Lane, Oxford
  • February 10, Anniston City Meeting Center, 1615 Noble Street, Anniston
  • February 11-12, Jacksonville Community Center, 501 Alexandria Road SW, #A, Jacksonville

Birmingham:

Jefferson County Vaccine Call Center and UAB at uabmedicinevaccine.org

Drive-through locations at UAB Hospital Highlands, Hoover Met and A.H. Parker High School

Dothan:

All appointments have been filled

Southeast Health at https://www.southeasthealth.org/covid19vaccine/

Huntsville:

All appointments have been filled

Huntsville Hospital at huntsvillehospital.org/covid-19-vaccination

Clinics held February 8-12, Jaycee Building, John Hunt Park, 2180 Airport Rd SW

Mobile:

  • Dayspring Baptist Church, 2200 Cody Road, Mobile– By appointment only, no walkups– getprovidencemobilecare.com— February 8-9 (8:00am – 2:00pm)– February 10 (8:00am – 12:00pm)
  • ProHealth Fitness Center, 166 Mobile Infirmary Blvd.– By appointment only, no walkups– Call (251) 341-2819 to make an appointment– February 8-10 (7:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • Mobile Civic Center, 401 Civic Center Drive– By appointment only, no walkups– c19vaccine.southalabama.edu— February 13 (8:00am – 6:00pm)
  • Springhill Medical Center– By appointment only, no walkups– springhillmedicalcenter.com

Montgomery:

No appointment necessary. Registration available through baptistfirst.org

February 8-12, South/Central Police & Fire/Rescue Precinct, 3003 East South Blvd (formerly Montgomery Mall)

Selma:

No appointment necessary, but please complete registration form beforehand, available at vaughanregional.com/coronavirus-covid-19

February 8-12, Bloch Park, 108 Dallas Avenue

Tuscaloosa:

All appointments have been filled

February 8-12 (6:30am – 8:30pm) at parking lot west of DCH Regional Medical Center

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