MCHD announces more COVID-19 vaccine events

December 3, 2021

MCHD announces more COVID-19 vaccine events

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department’s (MCHD) COVID-19 Response Team is announcing more opportunities to get your vaccine shots. As with all MCHD COVID-19 events, these will follow a first-come, first-served format. No appointments will be taken.

On Saturday, December 11, MCHD will provide vaccine at the Gulfdale Promenade (2962 Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MCHD will provide either Pfizer (adult and pediatric) for those 5 and older, along with Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine for those 18 and older. This is part of the Revitalize DIP Festival.

On Monday, December 20, MCHD will provide vaccine at the Citronelle Recreation Center (8200 East State Street) from 1 to 3 p.m. MCHD will provide either the Pfizer (adult and pediatric) or Moderna vaccine.

On Wednesday, December 22, MCHD will provide vaccine at the Semmes Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama (3810 Wulff Road) from 2 to 5 p.m. MCHD will provide either Pfizer (adult and pediatric) or Moderna vaccine.

Booster shots

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky has endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) expanded recommendations for booster shots to include all adults ages 18 years and older who received a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months after their second dose.

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and CDC’s recommendation for use are critical next steps forward in our country’s booster program – a program which will help provide increased protection against COVID-19 disease and death.

Additional information

MCHD provides COVID-19 vaccines and walk-in rapid testing Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its new location at the Festival Centre (Suite 101-A) in West Mobile. In addition to these hours, the clinic will be open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The same services will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The location will be closed on Sundays.

Those coming for their booster shot should bring the CDC vaccination card that was presented to them after their primary shot. If you no longer have the card, please be prepared to wait for the MCHD staff to retrieve your information from the statewide vaccination system.

Individuals requesting a molecular test (Abbott ID Now) or a PCR test (through LabCorp) for personal preference or for travel must be tested at a Family Health location. Appointments for these specific tests may be made by calling 251-690-8889.

For those wishing to make an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine or a rapid test, MCHD is now offering Moderna vaccinations at several of its Family Health locations conveniently located throughout Mobile County. To secure a time to receive the shot, please call 251-690-8889.

Parents will need to sign a consent form for any person under 18 who wishes to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The parent does not have to be present, but a signed consent form is required.

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

Rabies clinics planned in December for dogs, cats, and ferrets

December 1, 2021

Rabies clinics planned in December for dogs, cats, and ferrets

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats, and ferrets that are good for one year during weekend clinics. Here is a list of the rabies clinics planned during December in Mobile County:

  • December 4 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street in Mobile
  • December 10 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile
  • December 11 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
  • December 18 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Glamour Paws Grooming, 10005 Dauphin Island Parkway in Theodore

In order to adhere to social distancing recommendations, these events will be drive-through clinics. The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12. All rabies shots are payable in cash.

Each month, MCHD’s Rabies Officer provides residents with low-cost vaccines for their pet dogs, cats, and ferrets at a variety of locations. The state of Alabama tasks local health departments with providing affordable rabies vaccinations to pet owners. MCHD’s Rabies Officer has vaccinated 1,478 household pets during rabies clinics in 2021.

Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system. It is transmitted from infected mammals to humans and is fatal once symptoms appear. Symptoms of rabies include unusual behavior, irritability, headache, fever, inability to eat or drink, balance problems, circling, seizures, coma, and, finally, death. All warm-blooded mammals, including humans, are susceptible to rabies.

In 2020, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,599 household pets. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

A Rabies Quarantine Fact Sheet is available through the Alabama Department of Public Health at www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/assets/RabiesQuarantineFactSheet.pdf.

Rabies clinics planned in November for dogs, cats, and ferrets

November 4, 2021

Rabies clinics planned in November for dogs, cats, and ferrets

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats, and ferrets that are good for one year during weekend clinics. Here is a list of the rabies clinics planned during November in Mobile County:

• November 6 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street in Mobile
• November 12 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile
• November 13 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• November 20 (Saturday), 1 to 3:30 p.m., B&B Pet Supplies, 5035 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile

In order to adhere to social distancing recommendations, these events will be drive-through clinics. The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12. All rabies shots are payable in cash.

Each month, MCHD’s Rabies Officer provides residents with low-cost vaccines for their pet dogs, cats, and ferrets at a variety of locations. The state of Alabama tasks local health departments with providing affordable rabies vaccinations to pet owners. MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 124 household pets during rabies clinics in October.

Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system. It is transmitted from infected mammals to humans and is fatal once symptoms appear. Symptoms of rabies include unusual behavior, irritability, headache, fever, inability to eat or drink, balance problems, circling, seizures, coma, and, finally, death. All warm-blooded mammals, including humans, are susceptible to rabies.

In 2020, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,599 household pets. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

A Rabies Quarantine Fact Sheet is available through the Alabama Department of Public Health at www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/assets/RabiesQuarantineFactSheet.pdf.

MCHD offering more COVID-19 vaccine events

October 12, 2021

MOBILE, Ala. – The Mobile County Health Department’s (MCHD) COVID-19 Response Team is announcing more opportunities to get your vaccine shots. As with all MCHD COVID-19 events, this will follow a first-come, first-served format. No appointments will be taken.

On Wednesday, October 20, MCHD will provide vaccine at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church (4051 Old Shell Road in Mobile). The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon. MCHD will provide both the Pfizer vaccine (for those 12 and older) or the Moderna vaccine (for those 18 and older).

On Wednesday, October 27, MCHD will provide vaccine at Dauphin Island’s Town Hall (1011 Bienville Boulevard on Dauphin Island). The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon. MCHD will provide either the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna vaccine or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine (for those 18 and older).

Additional information

The public can also get either the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine at MCHD’s Newburn Building (248 Cox Street in Mobile facing Saint Stephens Road). Newburn will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

The CDC now recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose of Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine. Those coming for their second or third dose should bring the CDC vaccination card that was presented to them after their primary shot. If you no longer have the card, please be prepared to wait for the MCHD staff to retrieve your information from the statewide vaccination system.

Along with offering vaccine, the Newburn staff provides walk-in rapid testing during those same hours. Testing is free to all ages. Results are provided within 15 to 30 minutes while you wait. No appointments are necessary.

Individuals requesting a molecular test (Abbott ID Now) or a PCR test (through LabCorp) for personal preference or for travel must be tested at Family Health location. Appointments for these specific tests may be made by calling 251-690-8889.

For those wishing to make an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine, MCHD is now offering first-dose and second-dose Moderna vaccinations at several of its Family Health locations conveniently located throughout Mobile County. To secure a time to receive the shot, please call 251-690-8889.

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

MCHD publishes booklet to assist with substance abuse

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. To help bring attention to this issue, the Mobile County Health Department’s Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program is making available a booklet titled “These Is Hope.”

“The resource booklet is a collaborative effort by the OD2A team,” said John Richardson, an Alcohol and Drug Counselor at MCHD as well as a Peer Recovery Specialist. “We will place the booklets in the community as an easy-to-use reference book for Individuals seeking help from active addiction, or individuals in early recovery where the transition back into society may seem a daunting task sometimes finding themselves in need of shelter, employment and sometimes food.”

The booklet has sections featuring:
• Treatment resources,
• Help hotline phone numbers,
• Advice on harm reduction,
• Signs to recognize an overdose,
• And understanding the medication Naloxone.

“This booklet is of immense importance,” Richardson said. “The booklet is part of the work plan of the OD2A block grant. It highlights health agencies, as well as recovery organizations, where members in early recovery can find a safe place as the transition back into society can be a slow process.”

Richardson can be seen discussing the OD2A program today at 1 p.m. on the latest edition of Wellness Wednesday at https://youtu.be/TWrVM3UZe_w

For more information on the OD2A program, please call 251-410-OD2A (6322).

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