MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - If all the waiting hours ahead of opening were any indication, the fourth day of Montgomery’s weeklong mass vaccination clinic was set to be a busy one.
The clinic opened at noon and more than 350 people went through the checkpoint in the first hour. By 4 p.m., healthcare workers had given 1,500 shots, depleting the day’s supply.
As a result, the clinic had to close two hours early.
Organizer said the goal was to give 5,000 shots by the end of the week, more than 3,000 doses above what the state set aside for the clinic.
On Tuesday, Montgomery officials announced they would be adjusting the drive-thru clinic hours to better accommodate those who wished to receive the vaccine.
The clinic was initially scheduled for 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. daily or until the approximately 1,000 available doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been given. But, after vaccinating nearly 3,500 people on Monday and Tuesday, organizers announced they would adjust hours for the remainder of the week.
Thursday, the clinic will take place from noon until 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until the remainder of the doses have been given. The clinic is located at the old Montgomery Mall at 3003 E. South Boulevard and all participants should enter the clinic from McGhee Road.
To be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at the clinic, you must meet one of the following requirements:
· You must be 65 years of age and older
· Healthcare workers
· First responders including EMS, firefighters, and law enforcement
· Frontline critical workers - 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 (teachers, support staff, community college and higher education), childcare workers, judiciary (including but not limited to) circuit judges, district judges and district attorneys
· Work or live in congregate settings