Local doctor + community support create innovative vaccination drive-thru

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Celeste Reese-Willis, M.D, is leading an initiative to get more Alabamians vaccinated with support from United Way of Central Alabama and others. Photo via Jacob Blakenship for Bham Now

Drive up, get your shot, drive off. Thanks to Celeste Reese-Willis, M.D., Birminghamians have a hassle-free option to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport’s drive-thru vaccination site. But she’s not alone—learn how United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) and its affinity groups play a role in this monumental feat.

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The statewide mask mandate ends soon BUT how do local companies feel

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Big things are in store for our Magic City. Picture by Jon Eastwood for BhamNow.

Come Friday, April 9, the state of Alabama will no longer have a required mask mandate. Although Birmingham will continue to have a citywide mask requirement, Birmingham Business Alliance checked in with local companies to see how they feel and plan to handle the change. Here’s what they found.

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Herd immunity: what you need to know from UAB’s Dr. Suzanne Judd

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UAB epidemiologist Dr. Suzanne Judd speaking on herd immunity. Photo via UAB

Have you heard about herd immunity? As the US continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, hope (and vaccines) are on the way. Keep reading to learn the latest from Dr. Suzanne Judd, an epidemiologist at UAB, about herd immunity in the US and Alabama.

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Shots! Your update on all things vaccine in Birmingham

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

Today we’re talking all things vaccines, the “who,” “where,” and “how.” Keep reading to get the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine in the Birmingham area, and find out what our followers think about getting their shot.

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Parker High School opens as Birmingham’s newest mass vaccination site

Parker High School employees got vaccinated in preparation for opening as a mass vaccination site. Photo via UAB News

A.H. Parker High School is officially Birmingham’s newest community vaccination site. This is the third mass vaccination site in the city and is open for appointments only. Keep reading to learn more about this exciting development.

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Are health officials now asking us to double mask? A local expert shares her recommendation

It’s all masks all the time at our new office on Morris Avenue. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

At President Joe Biden’s inauguration, we saw a lot of firsts, including a possible up and coming strategy to fight COVID-19—two masks.

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Miles College teams up with local start-up to address equity in COVID-19 research

Miles College is entering first of its kind partnership. Photo via Miles College’s Facebook

Did you know that certain demographics are less likely to get vaccinated due to inequity and biases in the medical sector? Miles College has begun a unique partnership with #NOWINCLUDED, powered by Acclinate, to tackle the issue of equity in COVID-19 vaccinations and clinical research trials. Keep reading to learn more about this important initiative.

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Ready to join The Pack? It’s more than adorable dogs—you’ll bring joy through special programs

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Hand in Paw transitioned many of their programs virtually this past year, but they still had the same great impact. Photo via Hand in Paw

How much return on investment did you really get binging that Netflix series this weekend? For the same price as a subscription to a streaming service, join The Pack, Hand in Paw’s (HIP) monthly giving community, and uplift Birmingham citizens through animal-assisted therapy. Discover why we’re mutts about the program.

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21 things we can’t wait to freakin’ do in 2021 in Birmingham

Move over 2020. A new year is coming through. Photo via @zacksyl on Instagram

Dear 2020, you’ve been interesting to say the least. You’re going to go down in history as one of the weirdest years our generation has experienced. It’s been nice knowing you, but we’re ready to move on and these are some of the things we’re looking forward to in the new year.

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State health officials share COVID-19 updates, including Thanksgiving plans + vaccine information

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State health officials announce news on when Alabama will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Photo via Unsplash

During a press conference today, November 23, 2020, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mary McIntyre shared updates on COVID-19 in Alabama. They discussed rising numbers and safety practices as we move into the holidays, along with a rough timeline for when the first round of vaccines will be administered.

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Alabama’s Safer at Home Order extended to December 11

Gov. Kay Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris held a press conference at the Alabama State Capitol on Thursday, November 5th. Photo via Hal Yeager for the Governor’s Office

Speaking from the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery on November 5th, Governor Kay Ivey issued her 19th supplemental emergency proclamation, including an updated Safer at Home Order. The order, which contains a statewide mask requirement, is set to expire on December 11th at 5:00PM.

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COVID’s bad for minority health + how you can get tested in Jefferson County today

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Dr. Raegan Durant is one of the people involved in community testing for COVID in Birmingham
Dr. Raegan Durant of Cooper Green Mercy Health Services on the importance of COVID-19 testing. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

COVID-19 has been having a much greater impact on minorities in Birmingham and across the US. We spoke to Dr. Mona Fouad, founder of the Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC) at UAB to find out more. Whether you are a minority or not, if you’re looking for information or want to get tested, call 205-975-CV19 (2819).

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How fans are celebrating college game day across Alabama by a student

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Students masking up with Aubie at Jordan-Hare stadium. Photo via Lilla Burns

For those who feel the start of a chill in the air, see a few leaves change color and immediately long for football with a side of tailgating—have no fear. All across the state students and fans alike are enjoying Saturdays their own way. Whether it’s cheering on their team in the stadium at 25% capacity, or at a socially distanced watch party, see how students at Auburn and Alabama are celebrating game day in COVID fashion. 

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama provides $80 million in premium relief to customers

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BCBSAL announced that health and dental premiums will be discounted during November. Photo via Unsplash

Many of our community members have stepped up to the plate and met the needs of Alabamians during COVID-19. Since recognizing health is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) is providing a one-time discount on premiums for the month of November. The hope is for this initiative to bring a little relief during these strenuous times.

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