The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has developed a phased vaccination plan and has responsibility for distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccinations in Shelby County. Below are some questions and answers on the COVID-19 vaccination process. See more online vaccine scheduling websites and phone numbers at https://covid19.shelbyal.com.
How does Shelby County book appointments for COVID-19 vaccines?
Every Tuesday at 9:00AM Shelby County will post available vaccine appointments for the next two weeks from ADPH. This information will be at https://Covid19.ShelbyAl.com. Each Tuesday posting will consist of blocks of appointments that can be booked online or by phone while appointments are available. The signup online link and phone number will be provided in the Tuesday postings. These are appointment only events due to limited supply. Eligibility criteria is set up by ADPH to protect those most at risk.
Does Shelby County keep a COVID-19 vaccine registry?
No, Shelby County does not maintain a registry of individuals seeking COVID19 vaccinations. A registry is not the most efficient manner to distribute vaccines as the information becomes out dated very quickly. Active appointments for available vaccine is a faster distribution method and is utilized by the major pharmacies such as Walmart, CVS and Walgreens. An earlier registry was utilized by ADPH for at risk individuals and was used to populate several one-time vaccination events but is no longer in use.
Where will the Shelby County COVID vaccine appointments be held?
At this stage, all 1st dose appointments will be on a Thursday in Columbiana at the Old Mill Square Park at 105 West College Street. Driving Directions. The appointments are inside the building and this is not a drive up clinic.
Once I book an appointment online or by phone how will I be updated?
You will receive an immediate confirmation upon booking online with instructions, driving directions and a parking map as well as the opportunity to cancel the appointment. If you booked the appointment over the phone, this information will be provided or emailed to you if you choose this option. Twenty-four hours before the vaccine event you will receive an email and/or text reminder that contains the same information. This reminder will also be provided one hour before the appointment.
What is the process at the vaccination event?
We are scheduling approximately 65 individuals every 30 minutes throughout the allotted time. Upon arrival please denote “Now Serving Appt Times” on external displays in the parking area and remain in your vehicle until your designated time is displayed. When your scheduled time is displayed, proceed to the check- in table with your insurance & identity information. Once the vaccine has been administered, you will need to wait 15 minutes to ensure that you do not have a reaction.
A second round vaccine dose appointment will be automatically scheduled for you with the proper timing between doses. You will receive an email/txt/phone confirmation and reminders sent at a later date to prompt you for the second round shot. It will be at the SAME time and location as the first round.
What do I need to bring to the vaccination event?
Please wear a mask, and bring proof of identity and documentation on eligibility. This may be proof of employment if qualifying via work or ID showing age if qualifying via age. A driver’s license or other state-issued ID that shows your name, age and state residency, and your health insurance card, if you have one. You will not be charged.
A questionnaire at the vaccination event will include some of the questions below before you can receive the vaccine.
Have you ever had an allergic reaction to a vaccine?
Have you had a flu, pneumonia or shingles vaccine in the past 14 days?
Have you been exposed to anyone with COVID19 or tested positive for COVID19 in the past 14 days?
Have you received passive antibody therapy (monoclonal antibodies or convalescent serum) as treatment for COVID-19? If so, has 90 days lapsed since the treatment?
Thank you for your patience. We appreciate the support from our community as we navigate this important vaccination process. We look forward to advancing this effort as more vaccine supply is available.
1) State ADPH webpage on COVID Vaccine Information
2) Click here for the latest ADPH COVID-19 Vaccination Allocation Plan with phases.
3) County COVID 19 webpage with vaccine & testing information (Covid19.Shelbyal.com)