By Faye Gaston
Members of Alabama National Guard will again come to Union Springs to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. A team came some months ago to sanitize the local Nursing Home.
This time the schedule is to come to the Union Springs Elementary School, 211 Conecuh Avenue West on March 31, 2021, to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
The National Guard's "mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics" serve across 24 rural counties from March 31 (in Bullock County) through April 22 in other counties. Individuals are asked to wear a mask.
In the instance of severe weather, etc., updates will be provided.
The Alabama National Guard has been activated by Gov. Kay Ivey to administer the vaccinations to under served and rural counties throughout Alabama. The National Guard will be working closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency (EMA), and local EMA staff.
Governor Ivey said, "Being from rural Alabama myself, ensuring folks in those counties have an easy way to get their COVID-19 vaccine is important to me. I am proud that our guardsmen stand willing to help our great state in any way, especially as we look to put this virus in our rearview mirror."
The clinics are free of charge to eligible Alabamians. Rules for those eligible to receive the vaccine was expanded to include more frontline workers, residents with certain chronic health conditions, and people 55 and older.