Later this week, workers at the Hyundai auto plant in Montgomery will have the opportunity to receive COVID-19 vaccinations through a partnership with Alabama State University. ASU will hold vaccination clinics on Friday and Saturday, at the university’s Lockhart Gymnasium just for those Hyundai workers.
The university has secured 2,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for those two clinics.
“We are extremely excited about this new partnership with Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA),” said ASU President Quinton Ross Jr. in a statement. “Having the opportunity to support HMMA’s efforts to keep their employees safe aligns directly with our ‘CommUniversity’ initiative and with our longstanding mission of making a positive impact on our community.”
Ross commended HMMA for the company’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
“ASU is proud of being approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health as a Vaccination Administration Site and for the opportunity to serve our community in this capacity,” Ross said.
Dr. Joyce Loyd-Davis, ASU’s senior director of Health Services, will oversee the clinics, according to an ASU press release.
“Together in this partnership we will make a difference in our community and continue to make a safe environment in each of our environments,” Loyd-Davis said. “When you take the vaccine as an individual, you not only protect yourself, but you take it for the community, because collectively the more of us that take the vaccine, the better chance we have of creating the herd immunity and each one is protecting someone else.”
The Hyundai plant in March 2020 stopped production after a worker tested positive for COVID-19. The company in April donated enough test kits to provide for approximately 10,000 coronavirus tests in Montgomery County and the surrounding areas, according to WSFA 12 News.
HMMA reopened the Montgomery plant in June under new protocols and reduced staffing to help prevent the spread of the disease.
Yvette Gilkey-Shuford, HMMA’s director of administration, said in a statement that when vaccines started to become available the company developed a distribution plan to prepare for when the Alabama Department of Public Health could offer the company’s medical clinic a vaccine supply.
“We’re so excited that our long-standing relationship with Alabama State has created an alternate path for our team members to be vaccinated,” Gilkey-Shuford said. “On behalf of all of our HMMA team, I’d like to thank Dr. Ross, Dr. Loyd-Davis, and Alabama State University for their support in helping provide this valuable service to our team.”