COVID-19 vaccine clinics open in Prattville, Montgomery
PRATTVILLE — James Milliner went to Prattville Medical Park on Tuesday morning for his first COVID-19 vaccination.
"I wanted to come by and get checked out," he said. "I want to get the shot to protect others. It's very convenient. I was here in 10 minutes."
Baptist Health has opened two community vaccination clinics. The Montgomery location, at 3989 Eastern Blvd., next to Roses Discount Store and in front of the Old Navy store, is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Prattville clinic is located at 635 McQueen Smith Road, Suite D, and operates from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
"This offers an opportunity for us to serve residents of Autauga and Elmore counties, and other surrounding counties, closer to home," said Eric Morgan, administrator for Prattville Baptist Hospital.
It's a community effort in Prattville, sponsored by the City of Prattville and the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce. Two Prattville Fire Department Firemedics were assisting Baptist personnel giving the shots Tuesday.
"This is a way for us to help residents, those that may not want to travel to Montgomery to get the shots, or those who may not have transportation to get to get to Montgomery," Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr. said. In the early days of the pandemic, Prattville provided a location for Baptist Health to operate a COVID testing clinic in the city. "We're all in this together and the want to do what we can to keep everyone well."
Volunteers are needed and they can register through the chamber by calling (334) 365-7392. If volunteers haven't been fully vaccinated, they will be offered vaccinations before beginning their duties.
"We are a volunteer community, and volunteers provide so many important services to worthwhile efforts," said Kristi Pieper, marketing and communication director for the chamber. "We need people to help Baptist clinical staff, direct patients in where to go and observe patients once they have received their vaccinations.
"We do ask volunteers to commit to one full day. That way we don't have several people coming and going during the day."
The clinic administers the Pfizer vaccine, which requires a booster three weeks after the first shot.
Patients are served by appointment only and can register online by going to www.baptistvaccineclinic.com. For those who do not have access to the internet, call (334) 747-2822. This number is voicemail only and calls will be returned by a vaccine advocate.
You can help things by doing the following:
What to know about the COVID-19 vaccine clinics
• All attendees must wear a mask, regardless of state requirements.
• Bring a photo ID.
• Wear a short-sleeved shirt or blouse.
• There is no cost, and no insurance is required to receive a vaccine.
• If you have received your first dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, bring your vaccine card.
• If this is to be your first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, your appointment for the three week booster will be made.
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