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Winter weather closes some vaccination sites, county health departments

Vaccination clinics are to be rescheduled, the Alabama Department of Public Health announced Sunday.

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

Due to the threat of winter weather, numerous county health departments across Alabama were to remain closed Monday, and two outdoor COVID-19 vaccination sites operated by UAB Hospital were to remain closed as well. 

Outdoor vaccination sites at Parker High School and the Hoover Met will be closed Monday, and appointments will be rescheduled for later in the week, UAB announced Sunday. 

The Alabama Department of Public Health on Sunday announced the following list of county health departments that were to remain closed Monday: 

  • Northern District: Cullman, Colbert, Franklin, Jackson, Lawrence, Limestone, Lauderdale, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston
  • West Central District: Bibb, Chilton, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Walker
  • Southwestern District: Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Marengo, Washington and Wilcox

All COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15 in counties located in the West Central District will be moved to Saturday, Feb. 20, according to ADPH. Appointment times will remain the same on the new date.

Persons scheduled for booster doses at the Northern District county locations will be worked in over the next two weeks, the department said.

Drive-through vaccine clinics at the Choctaw County Health Department and a walk-in vaccine clinic at the Marengo County Health Department planned for Monday, Feb. 15 have both been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later time.

The CDC states that if a delay occurs in the normal schedule for receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be administered up to 6 weeks — or 42 days — after the first dose. ADPH will assure the opportunity for people to get their second dose over the next two weeks, including providing extended clinic hours as staffing availability permits.

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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