Over 20 additional vaccination sites approved for potential use in Birmingham

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Legion Field approved as a future vaccination site. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Birmingham City Council has unanimously approved 22 new vaccination sites for potential use in The Magic City. Learn what this means for the city as well as what’s in store for Legion Field.

New phase, who ‘dis?

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Kierstin Kennedy, M.D., is UAB’s Chief of Hospital Medicine giving a vaccine shot. Photo via UAB Medicine’s Facebook

Starting February 8, the state of Alabama will begin giving COVID-19 vaccines to residents 65 years and older. The new phase will also include a wider array of frontline workers, including:

  • First Responders
  • Corrections Officers
  • Food and Agriculture Workers
  • US Postal Service Workers
  • Manufacturing Workers
  • Grocery Store Workers
  • Public Transit Workers
  • People who work in the education sector
  • Childcare Workers
  • Judiciary Circuit Judges, District Judges and District Attorneys

The new phase creates the opportunity for more citizens to get vaccinated and boy am I jealous.

Get vaccinated, but where?

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Legion Field will be a future vaccination site.. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

On February 2, the city council approved potential use of 22 vaccination sites around the city, including Legion Field. This doesn’t mean that every site will be used, but if extra facilities are needed in the vaccination process, the city will have potential sites already approved.

The hope is to make Legion Field, which has served as a testing site, a 24/7 site for vaccinations. But, of course, this all depends on vaccine supply to the state.

The other potential vaccine sites include local recreation centers, but there is still discussion on when these sites will be open for use if they’re needed.

UAB recently opened Hoover Met as a vaccination site. This is UAB’s second site along with the one at UAB Highlands. They’re currently vaccinating people within the first phase’s requirements, but come February 8, the next phase will begin.

The Hoover Met vaccination site is open Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM. There are also plans to open Parker High School as a future site, but that timeline has yet to be confirmed.

Check out our latest on how to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Jefferson County.

Note: The City Council has approved Legion Field + additional sites for potential vaccination sites. Details and timelines are still being worked out. Updates to come.

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Chaise Sanders
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