HMC to Offer First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine This Month

HMC to Offer First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine This Month

By Southern Torch

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Highlands Medical Center (HMC) in Scottsboro will host the first of two planned COVID-19 vaccination clinics next week.

On Tuesday, February 16, and Thursday, February 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the Moderna vaccine will be distributed with 300 first doses available each day.

The clinics will be held in the main lobby of the hospital as long as supplies last. 

According to guidelines provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), the following groups are eligible to receive a vaccination for COVID-19:

  • Healthcare workers
  • People over the age of 65
  • First responders
  • Corrections officers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Public transit workers
  • People who work in the education sector (teachers, support staff, community college and higher education)
  • Childcare workers
  • Judiciary (including but not limited to — circuit judges, district judges, and district attorneys)

HMC requests that participants bring a photo ID and insurance card.

According to numbers provided by ADPH, more than 6,000 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Jackson County since the beginning of the pandemic. 78 deaths have been reported.

Statewide, Alabama has almost 500,000 recorded cases of the novel coronavirus with 8,579 deaths since last March when the first COVID-19 death occurred in Jackson County.