MCHD offers numerous chances to get the COVID-19 vaccine this week

August 23, 2021

MCHD offers numerous chances to get the COVID-19 vaccine this week

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 Tuesday, August 24, MCHD will provide COVID-19 vaccine at the MOWA Choctaw Tribal Office (1080 West Red Fox Road in Mount Vernon) from 9 a.m. to noon. This will offer the Pfizer vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older) and the Moderna vaccine (which has been approved for those 18 and older).

On Wednesday, August 25, MCHD will provide COVID-19 vaccine at All Saints Episcopal Church (151 South Ann Street in Mobile) from 8 to 10 a.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).

On every Thursday, MCHD will offer Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older) at the Occupational Health Center. This facility is located near the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley (2050 Michigan Avenue in Mobile). The vaccine clinic will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Friday, August 27, MCHD will provide COVID-19 vaccine at the Airbus Assembly Complex (Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, 320 Airbus Way in Mobile) from noon to 4 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).
Additional information

The public can now get either the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (for those 18 and older), the Pfizer vaccine or the Moderna vaccine (for those 18 and older) at both the Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile) and the Newburn Building (248 Cox Street in Mobile facing Saint Stephens Road).

Newburn will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Keeler will continue to be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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 Keeler and Newburn staffs provide 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).

 

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by mainline break

August 20, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by mainline break

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on August 19 because of a break on a sewer mainline at 950 Henckley Avenue.

Approximately 240 gallons of wastewater overflowed and was all ground absorbed. MAWSS crews have repaired the broken mainline and are taking steps to prevent future overflows at this location.

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 this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

MCHD looking to offer monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

August 19, 2021

MCHD looking to offer monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19

MOBILE, Ala. – Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, has announced that the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) will begin to offer subcutaneous injections of the monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 patients.

“MCHD is excited that we will begin giving subcutaneous injections for COVID-19 positive persons in the very near future,” he said. “Dr. Laura Cepeda, our Chief Medical Officer, has worked hard to get this project started.”

“Subcutaneous” means under the skin. In this type of injection, a short needle is used to inject a drug into the tissue layer between the skin and the muscle.

“If you are not vaccinated, you need to get the vaccine as soon as you can,” Dr. Eichold said. “Everyone who is vaccinated needs to wear a mask when outside of their home.”

The recent number of positive cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are at record highs in relation to COVID-19. The availability of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds is at an alarming low number.

“MCHD wants to thank off our healthcare providers in Mobile County for the hard work during this stressful time,” he said. “Each provider is making a difference.”

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by third party

August 18, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by third party

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a wastewater overflow caused by a third party on August 18 at 6601 Meadow Lane North. Approximately 2,180 gallons of wastewater overflowed into a retention pond as a result of a contractor hitting a low-pressure sewer force main.

All wastewater was contained and did not reach state waters. MAWSS crews repaired the damaged main.

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 this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

August 18, 2021

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — The Utilities Board of the City of Bayou La Batre has reported a Sanitary Sewer Overflow that occurred on April 17. A discharge of an estimated 2,000 gallons took place at a lift station on the Alma Bryant school campus in Irvington.

The causes were a check valve failure and a pump failure. The overflow was absorbed into the ground and did not reach a body of water. Utility officials have corrected the issue. The area has been cleaned and disinfected.

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 this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

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