A vaccination clinic in Daphne Tuesday distributed 400 doses of the Moderna vaccine, the first event of its kind in Baldwin County.
The clinic, which was overseen by the Alabama Department of Public Health, will restart Thursday with double the amount of doses.
Jenni Guerry, spokeswoman with the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency, said people attending the vaccine clinic at the Daphne Civic Center get a reservation card in person before they can receive the vaccine. She said reservation cards will be available on site at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday. The cards will provide details on when someone can return for their shot.
The vaccine clinics are running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday and into next week on Tuesday, January 26, and Thursday, January 28.
Guerry said the reservation cards were beneficial toward keeping people at a safe social distance during Tuesday’s clinic.
“It was a way to manage the crowds,” said Guerry. “Today’s site worked beautifully. The traffic flow was crowded at first as they got their reservation cards. As people returned for designated times, they were thankful not to have to wait for a long time.”
She added, “Moving forward, we are continuing that process, but we will also increase capacity.”
There is no charge for the vaccine, however individuals must:
• be 75 years or older
• be a member of law enforcement
• be a healthcare worker
• be a fire firefighter
All individuals receiving a vaccine must provide identification.
Patients arriving for the clinic will have their temperature checked before site entry.
Guerry said that vaccines are available to snowbirds who are age 75 and older. Baldwin County is a popular site for snowbirds from Northern states who are vacationing on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
She said that everyone receiving a vaccine will receive a vaccination card that instructs recipients that they are to return in 28 days to receive a second shot. Guerry said that snowbirds, as well as anyone else, can receive the second shot in their home state.
“They can get it here or they can get it back home,” she said. “But they have to carry the card with them so their healthcare provider is giving them the booster for the Moderna vaccine.”