FEMA and Alabama to Open Community Vaccination Center at Watermark Place on April 21

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April 19, 2021

FEMA, partnering with the state of Alabama and Jefferson County, is opening a Community Vaccination Center (CVC) site at the Watermark Place in Bessemer.

“The vaccine is our ticket out of COVID-19, and I continue encouraging Alabamians to get their shots. I am pleased that FEMA selected Alabama to house one of their clinics,” Governor Ivey said. “As this clinic gets rolling on April 21, I urge Alabamians still needing their vaccine shots to take advantage of this resource.”

This site will deliver up to 7,000 doses of vaccine per week. Personnel from the Alabama National Guard will support the administration of these vaccines.

Vaccines for CVCs are provided to the state in addition to the regular vaccine allocations the state receives. These additional vaccine doses are made possible through an increase in production and availability.

“We are committed to the equitable distribution of the vaccine and our top priority is to ensure everyone who wants a vaccine gets one,” said Gracia Szczech, regional administrator for FEMA Region IV. 

FEMA and the state will continue reach out to underserved communities in the Birmingham area to inform and build trust about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

The Watermark Place center will follow Alabama’s vaccine eligibility requirements. To schedule an appointment for the vaccine, individuals can visit myturn.timetap.com or call 205-858-2221.

The site will primarily offer drive-thru vaccinations (including high-occupancy vehicles); however, walk-ins can be accommodated. After receiving their vaccination, individuals will proceed to a post-vaccine waiting area for at least 15 minutes, per CDC guidelines, to be monitored for any adverse reactions.

FEMA is supporting Alabama in its response to COVID-19. Visit fema.gov/coronavirus for   more information.

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