Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has activated the Alabama National Guard to host mobile clinics in an effort to bring the COVID-19 vaccine to rural areas within the state.

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“Being from rural Alabama myself, ensuring folks in those counties have an easy way to get their COVID-19 vaccine is important to me. I am proud that our guardsmen stand willing to help our great state in any way, especially as we look to put this virus in our rearview mirror,” Governor Ivey said. “I encourage everyone eligible to take advantage of this great resource, and please remain patient as we continue working to get our hands on as many doses as we are able from the federal government. Be sure to help get the word out to your family, friends and neighbors!”

The Alabama National Guard aims to vaccinate 8,000 Alabamians weekly through its mobile clinics which will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. for three weeks. Vaccinations will be offered to eligible Alabamians free of charge, and at this time, appointments are not required.

Below is a list of dates and locations for mobile clinics in West Alabama:

  • March 23: UWA Football Parking Lot (Sumter County)
  • March 24: Abandoned Greene County Airport (Greene County)
  • March 25: Moundville Ball Park (Hale County)
  • April 1: Old ALNG Armory Maintenance Shop (Marengo County)

A complete schedule can be found here.

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