As COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to everyone over 16 in Alabama, UAB has established five vaccination sites and two scheduling & information websites, according to an official UAB email sent to students on April 2.
“These vaccines are the ticket out of this pandemic. We are getting there,” said UAB Vice President of Clinical Support Services Sarah Nafziger in a news release. “It will take some more time, but we are getting there.”
The community vaccination sites are:
- AOH Cathedral of the Cross Church in Center Point
- Hoover Met
- Parker High School
- UAB Highlands
The on-campus site is Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.
These sites have provided vaccinations to ADPH-approved groups, including frontline health care employees from UAB and other hospitals, community health care personnel, EMS personnel, first responders, patients and other eligible community members so far.
“COVID-19 has had a devastating effect across our county, state and nation. This collaborative effort is a direct result of the need to make vaccinations easily accessible in communities across Jefferson County,” said Lashunda Scales, president pro tem of the Jefferson County Commission, in an interview with UAB news.
There are different registration processes for UAB and non-UAB audiences, which helps the administration know how much of the campus community has been vaccinated as they make data-driven decisions about campus operations.
UAB medical officials encourage everyone to get vaccinated since it is safe and effective, but is it not required. The email included two links for vaccine registration. UAB faculty, staff and students should register at forms.uab.edu/. Community members and UAB patients, according to the email, should use uabmedicinevaccine.org for online registration.
Once a registration form is submitted, no further communication will come from UAB until there is an appointment time available. The communication from UAB’s scheduling software will confirm appointment locations and times.
The university encouraged students and employees in the email to share registration links with UAB and community members. However, they have asked to ensure using the correct link while sharing with the community, not the one for UAB students and employees.
UAB Medicine continues to vaccinate members of the community and has administered more than 140,000 doses at five vaccination sites.