Alabama to launch mobile COVID-19 vaccination units

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Earlier this year, the Alabama Department of Public Health partnered with the national guard to hold large COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Although that has been a success, the state is taking the next step.

“So now we’re now looking at ways that we can get out to people who honestly don’t have dependable travel or safe transportation they may be homebound or bed-bound,” ADPH Southeastern Administrator Corey Kirkland said.

Starting next week, the national guard and nurses will visit in-need areas like public housing complexes, jails, homeless shelters, and large businesses in Wiregrass counties. The vaccines being offered at these sites will consist of mostly Moderna and a few of the one dose Johnson and Johnson.

“Unfortunately, like this whole process has been it slows it down a little bit because you do a lot of first doses one month and then the second month you’re following up with your second dose,” Kirkland said. “This will kinda help add a lot of people rolls and maybe otherwise wouldn’t be able to get the vaccine.”

Several months ago, the Houston County Commission approved a grant to finance a mobile vaccine vehicle that would travel to people who don’t have access to transportation as well as rural areas.

Kirkland says it’s important to reach those who need help in order to keep hospital numbers down.

“And the only way to get there is to reach out to some groups who for whatever reason haven’t been able to get the vaccine or have not decided that it’s right for them,” He said. “We can answer the questions and we can give the vaccine and try to keep everyone safe and try to get back to where we were 13 or 14 months ago hopefully.”

Kirkland says he’s not ruling out the larger clinics most certainly you can get your vaccination there if you’re able.

However, if you’re a large business and need to have employees vaccinated, contact the ADPH and they’ll get you scheduled.

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