University of Alabama begins COVID-19 vaccinations

UA begins vaccinations.
UA begins vaccinations.(Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC)
Updated: Jan. 8, 2021 at 4:06 PM CST
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The University of Alabama took a big step on Friday when it moved from not only testing for coronavirus, but also vaccinating people for it.

The University of Alabama has about 3,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine. UA healthcare providers, residents and employees at Capstone Village, first responders and people in vulnerable populations in the University’s community are eligible to get vaccinated.

Vaccination requires two shots that are given 21 to 28 days apart. Dr. Richard Friend said the University plans to give people both shots, not just one, as some have considered to stretch the amount of vaccine currently available.

“We want to make sure that we are only giving the vaccine in accordance with the clinical trails data, and the clinical trials data do not support doing that,” Friend explained this week.

Coronavirus vaccination shots are not mandatory at the University, but are strongly encouraged. If someone does not want to be vaccinated, the next person in their group will be contacted and then has 48 hours to schedule an appointment.

Vaccinations will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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