COVID-19 rapid tests coming to Semmes Health Center

April 1, 2022

COVID-19 rapid tests coming to Semmes Health Center

MOBILE, Ala. — The COVID-19 Response Team with the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) will soon expand its services at the Public Health Response Unit on the campus of the Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East). Instead of being there one day a week, starting on April 4, the team will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide COVID-19 vaccinations and rapid testing with no out-of-pocket costs.

From the start, MCHD has been providing a variety of COVID-19 vaccines in Semmes. Now, the COVID-19 Response Team is adding rapid testing by appointment.

Clients can still walk-in for COVID-19 vaccinations. However, individual appointments must be made for rapid testing online at this link — Each client must present proof of their appointment when they arrive at the Semmes Health Center.

Regarding vaccines, clients may select from either Pfizer (adult or pediatric), Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen). The vaccinations and rapid testing will occur in MCHD’s new mobile medical trailer called the “Public Health Response Unit” parked at the Semmes Health Center.

It is a 2022 ATC Quest Custom Medical Trailer. It is the first of two identical units. They were secured with the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) funds that were passed through the Alabama Department of Public Health to MCHD.

The COVID-19 Response Team will continue to provide walk-in vaccines and appointment-only rapid testing at its Festival Centre (Suite 101-A) site at the corner of Airport Boulevard and Montlimar Drive in West Mobile. Those services are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Prevention & Wellness directorate is one of the cornerstones of the traditional health services of MCHD. Since 1816, public health in Mobile County has been one of education, prevention, and the promotion of wellness.

The mobile medical trailers will help MCHD obtain one of its primary goals, which is to encourage health interventions by providing collaborative and informative education to the community. Disease prevention, community resource services, health promotion, and health education are many of the services provided by Prevention & Wellness.

To learn the latest on MCHD’s vaccine events, visit or call 251-410-MCHD (6243).