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Thank you for your interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more about the vaccine, safety, and other important information below including answers to the most common questions.
At this time, everyone age 5 and older is eligible for vaccination. UAB Medicine provides the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that requires two doses spaced at least 21 days apart.Who Is Eligible for a COVID Booster Shot?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster dose for many people who previously received the two-dose Pfizer vaccine. The booster is for those who received their second dose of Pfizer at least six months ago, with the exception of those who are immune compromised (they may receive a third dose as soon as 28 days following their second vaccine).*
Additionally, those who have received monoclonal antibodies as a treatment for COVID-19 must wait at least 90 days following the treatment to receive their vaccine or booster dose.
Data on mixing and matching of COVID-19 vaccine products, or on Moderna or Johnson & Johnson boosters, has not been analyzed. This new guidance applies only to individuals who initially received the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine product.
The Guidance offers recommendations on who receive the booster dose and others who may receive booster doses.
People recommended to receive booster doses are the following:
- Individuals 65 years of age and older should receive a booster shot
- Residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot
- People aged 50-64 with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot
Other groups of people who may receive booster doses are the following:
- People aged 18-49 with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot, based on their individual benefits and risks.
- Individuals aged 18-64 years of age who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings may receive a booster shot based on their individual benefits and risks.
People who are eligible for boosters because of their higher risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to their workplaces include:
- First responders (healthcare workers, firefighters, paramedics, police, etc.)
- Education staff (teachers, support staff, daycare workers)
- Food and agriculture workers
- Corrections workers
- U..S. Postal Service workers
- Public transit workers
- Grocery store workers
UAB Medicine currently provides COVID-19 vaccines for current patients and the community. The first site is located within the Kirklin Clinic and is providing vaccines to existing UAB Medicine patients. Located on the second floor of TKC, this vaccination site is open Monday-Friday from 8 am to 4:15 pm.
A second location is in the bottom corner of the Kirklin Clinic parking deck where the old Regions bank used to be. It's address is 539 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. South, Birmingham, AL 35233. This clinic is for UAB Medicine patients and the general public (12 and up) and is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am - 3 pm.
Patients may also receive a COVID vaccination at UAB Hospital-Highlands in the third floor Injection Clinic. It is open Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4:15 pm.
A drive-through vaccination site is at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex. It is open Monday-Friday from 8 am to 1 pm. Directions to the site can be found here >>.
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