DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Starting Monday, April 5th, vaccine eligibility will be open to anyone 16 years of age or older regardless if they have any underlying health conditions or not.
Southeast Health tells WDHN News they are fully prepared for this next step in the vaccine process.
Wyndi Thompson, Doctorate of Nurse Practices at Southeast Health said there have been many people who weren’t eligible trying to get their shot, and now they won’t have to turn them away.
“Now that it is open, I know we are going to have a lot of people wanting to get the vaccination,” Thompson said. “For us, we hope it means a boost in our numbers so we can get as many people vaccinated as possible.”
The Pfizer vaccine will be available to those 16 and up while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines will be given to anyone 18 and older.
Thompson said patients under 18 who are eligible do not need a parent or guardian’s permission to get the vaccine. She said if they can get young people vaccinated faster that will mean being one step closer to being back to normal.
“I have said this a million times, I really feel like you are either going to get COVID or the vaccination. So if we want to put this pandemic behind us and move on with a normal life we need to get as many people vaccinated,” Thompson said.
Thompson said that getting people vaccinated has been a community effort. Since many in the Wiregrass do not have access to the internet. They are having outreach opportunities at stores like Piggly Wiggly to get people registered and give them the important information they need.
“You aren’t only getting vaccinated for yourself but you are getting vaccinated for your community. Your grandmother, your next-door neighbor,” Thompson said. “We really need to think about not only ourselves but other people.”
If you are 16 and older and would like to sign up to get a vaccine you can make an appointment on Southeast’s website.