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ASU named vaccine site, will focus on underserved community

The university will vaccinate its health care workers and safety personnel, and then partner with the Montgomery Housing Authority.

A provider prepares to deliver the COVID-19 vaccine to a recipient. (VIA UAB)

Alabama State University has been approved as a COVID-19 vaccine site, and it plans to focus its efforts on ensuring Montgomery underserved communities aren’t left out of the process. 

At a press conference, ASU President Quinton Ross said the university would first vaccinate its health care workers and safety personnel, and would then work through a partnership with the Montgomery Housing Authority to ensure that elderly residents in the local community receive the vaccine. ASU has received 2,000 initial doses of the Moderna vaccine for distribution. 

“We will make it available to our campus family as an added weapon in our arsenal in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and we will then give access to the surrounding community,” Ross said. “As more of the vaccine is made available to us, we will continue to serve as a site in conjunction with public health officials. Alabama State University will continue to be a beacon of light and hope to this community.”

Joyce Lloyd-Davis, the director of ASU’s health center, said the distribution plan utilized by ASU would follow the CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines. 

Damon Duncan, the executive director of the Montgomery Housing Authority, said ASU’s partnership with MHA will help ensure that a vulnerable group of citizens aren’t overlooked. 

“Often times, these residents (that MHA serves) are the last to be considered for something like this program,” Duncan said. “We appreciate ASU for making them among the first on the University’s list.”

Josh Moon is an investigative reporter and featured columnist at the Alabama Political Reporter with years of political reporting experience in Alabama. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.

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