Status of Pfizer vaccine for adolescents

The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) is committed to protecting our community. It will begin offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to adolescents 12 through 15 years of age as soon as possible.

On Monday, May 10, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. On Wednesday, May 12, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will conduct a public meeting to review all available data and vote on whether to recommend expanding the age range.

ACIP recommendations are reviewed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If adopted, they are published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). MCHD expects this publication by Friday, May 14.

Once official, the Alabama Department of Public Health is expected to concur. At that point, MCHD can begin offering Pfizer vaccine to adolescents 12 through 15 years of age following guidelines published in the MMWR.

This link provides an overview of the process and current COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/vacc-specific/covid-19.html.

For updates, please follow www.MCHDcares.com and our social media channels (IloveMCHD).

National Guard to assist COVID-19 mission in Mobile County

May 10, 2021

National Guard to assist COVID-19 mission in Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. — Back in March, Gov. Kay Ivey activated the Alabama National Guard to set up COVID-19 vaccination sites in under-served and rural counties throughout the state. Members of the National Guard have now traveled to Mobile County.

“The National Guard has sent a 10-person team to Mobile County to assist the Mobile County Health Department in the vaccination effort,” said Major James Stallworth, who has been embedded with MCHD for several months as the medical liaison to the Alabama National Guard. When not serving his country and state, Stallworth is a Nurse Practitioner in Baldwin County.

Stallworth said this team will be composed of staff from both the Army and Air Force.

“This personnel was part of two original teams that covered 24 counties across the state,” Major Stallworth said. “The eight health districts of the state will each be getting one 10-person team.”

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, welcomed the National Guard this morning during a briefing at the Keeler Memorial Building.

“We want to declare independence from COVID-19 by the Fourth of July,” Dr. Eichold said. “The National Guard is an important part of that effort.”

Dr. Stephanie Woods-Crawford, the Executive Director of MCHD’s Prevention & Wellness Directorate, echoed those sentiments.

“We are so thankful to have the Guard with us,” she said. “This provides us with the opportunity to offer more access in the community to those in need. We are honored to have them here to assist MCHD in fulfilling our mission.”

Stallworth said the National Guard will be assisting MCHD with all things related to COVID-19. This includes vaccinations, testing, and data entry.

“We are here to augment Gov. Ivey’s directive to get more vaccines in arms,” said Capt. Jaime Braden, a Nurse Practitioner with the 187th Medical Group and leader of the National Guard team. “We are happy to work with our civilian partners to accomplish that mission. We want to get ahead of this disease and help Alabama return to a normal life.”

For more information on upcoming COVID-19 events, please visit www.MCHDcares.com or call 251-410-MCHD (6243).

MAWSS reports on two Sanitary Sewer Overflows

May 10, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Alabama — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to two Sanitary Sewer Overflows. One was on May 9, while the other was on May 10.

The one on Sunday was at 4215 Moffett Road. Approximately 157 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Three Mile Creek as a result of a grease blockage on a private sewer lateral. The owner was notified.

The one on Monday was at 1722 Harbor Drive East. Approximately 264 gallons of wastewater overflowed as a result of a lift station power failure. All of the overflow was contained and did not reach state waters. Alabama Power repaired a broken power line and restored power to the lift station.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Three Mile Creek for recreational purposes because of that overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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MCHD vaccine events 5.11 to 5.16

The Mobile County Health Department’s COVID-19 Response Team has several vaccine events scheduled for this week.

All of these clinics will follow a first-come, first-served format. No appointments will be taken.

FIRST-DOSE CLINICS

  • On Tuesday, MCHD will conduct a first-dose vaccine event at Citronelle High School (8200 Lebaron Avenue) from 1 to 5 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. This is approved for anyone ages 16 and older.
  • On Friday, MCHD will conduct a first-dose vaccine event during Art Walk at the Mobile Downtown Alliance building (261 Dauphin Street) from 4 to 7 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. This is approved for anyone ages 16 and older.
  • On Saturday, MCHD will conduct a first-dose vaccine event at the Nova Espresso coffee shop (306 Saint Anthony Street) from 8 to 11 a.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine. This is approved for anyone ages 16 and older.

SECOND-DOSE CLINICS

  • On Friday, MCHD will be at Blount High School (5450 Lott Road in Prichard) from 2 to 6 p.m. This will be for those who got their first dose of Pfizer mRNA vaccine on or before April 23.
  • On Sunday, MCHD will be at the Downtown Mobile Alliance building (261 Dauphin Street) from 2 to 4 p.m. This will be for those who got their first dose of the Moderna mRNA vaccine on or before April 18.

Those coming for their second-dose 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.

As a reminder, MCHD will begin offering first-dose vaccines at the Newburn Health Center (248 Cox Street in Mobile) starting tomorrow. Pfizer will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Moderna will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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 adding more vaccine opportunities

In an effort to better serve our community, the Mobile County Health Department’s (MCHD) COVID-19 Response Team will be offering first-dose and second-dose vaccine clinics at its Newburn Health Center. The service will begin on Tuesday, May 11. 

The Newburn Health Center is located at 248 Cox Street in Midtown Mobile, across from USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. The facility is at the intersection of Saint Stephens Road. 

As with all MCHD COVID-19 events, this will follow a first-come, first-served format. No appointments will be taken. 

Those coming for their second-dose 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. 

At this time, first-dose and the second-dose vaccine will be offered on this schedule: 

  • On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the staff will have the Pfizer mRNA vaccine from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Newburn. This vaccine is authorized for those 16 years and older. 
  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the staff will have the Moderna mRNA vaccine from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Newburn. This vaccine is authorized for those 18 years and older. 

For those wishing to make an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine, MCHD is now offering first-dose and the 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. 

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