MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The second day of Montgomery’s large scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic has ended with about 1,500 people having gotten their first dose by 2:30 p.m.
Montgomery County EMA Director Christina Thornton said healthcare workers were giving about 200 doses per hour before the day’s supply ran out.
Wednesday will bring more people for a third day as the weeklong clinic continues on near the old Montgomery Mall.
About 2,000 vaccines were administered to the public on Monday after thousands of people lined up for the clinic. The clinic again exceeded the 1,000 per day doses on Tuesday that had been planned.
That means in two days just under 3,500 people have been at least partially vaccinated from the disease. They’ll need to return next month for the second dose.
Thornton said lines were lengthy and that there have been complaints about traffic, but added that they’re doing the best they can and encouraged people to seek alternative routes if they’re not coming to the clinic.
The EMA director also reminded those who are coming to get their vaccination to wait until their number is called, pointing to several instances in which people have simply cut to the front of the line thinking they could get their shot quicker.
The new prioritization for vaccination includes a large group, persons age 65 and above and the following:
- Health care workers
- First responders including EMS, firefighters and law enforcement
- Frontline essential workers
Frontline essential workers include:
- Corrections officers
- Food and agriculture workers
- U.S. Postal Service workers
- Manufacturing workers
- Grocery store workers
- Public transit workers
- People who work in the education sector
- Childcare workers
The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day on a first come, first served basis.