April 21, 2022
COVID is still with us, Get Vaccinated or Tested for Free at MCHD
MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) would like to remind the community that despite improved case, hospitalization, and death numbers, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. MCHD’s COVID-19 Response Team says vaccination and testing can slow transmission and help protect against severe illness.
MCHD provides COVID-19 walk-in vaccines and appointment-only rapid testing Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clients may visit either the Festival Centre (Suite 101-A at the corner of Airport Boulevard and Montlimar Drive in Mobile) or the Public Health Response Unit on the campus of the Semmes Health Center (3810 Wulff Road East). The services are also offered on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile).
Clients can walk-in for COVID-19 vaccinations. However, individual appointments must be made for rapid testing online at this link — https://appointments.mchd.org. Each client must present proof of their appointment when they arrive.
COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and even dying — especially people who are boosted. As with vaccines for other diseases, you are protected best when you stay up to date. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone ages 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine, and everyone ages 12 years and older also receive a booster.
There are many reasons to get tested:
• If you have COVID-19 symptoms
• At least 5 days after known or suspected close contact to COVID-19
• For screening (schools, workplaces, congregate settings, etc.)
• Before and after travel
• When asked by a healthcare professional or public health official
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 1.3 million cases of COVID-19 in Alabama residents and 19,524 Alabamians have died from COVID-19, including 2,786 who have died in 2022.
To learn the latest on MCHD’s vaccine events, visit www.MCHDcares.com or call 251-410-MCHD (6243).