The supply of COVID-19 vaccine in Alabama is growing, though still not enough to meet the demand as health agencies and retail pharmacies scramble give as many shots as they can. That can make finding a vaccine tricky.
Different agencies, health care providers and pharmacies offer vaccines. You can register through a clearinghouse, such as the ones run by the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency and the Alabama Department of Public Health, to find an available appointment. Or you can check with providers individually. A call to your family doctor might yield an appointment; it’s a longshot, but worth a quick call. Remember, though, that only those groups who are currently eligible for vaccinations will be considered by most providers — not much chance of jumping ahead.
Everyone 16 and older is now eligible for the vaccine.
Here’s what we know about who is providing shots in greater Birmingham and how you can get in line:
- Jefferson County Department of Health: JCDH is providing vaccinations at the health department headquarters at 1400 6th Ave. and at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The airport site is drive-thru and appointment only. Preference is given to people who preregister through the Jefferson County EMA vaccine website or through the county health department’s hotline, at (205) 858-2221. In addition to scheduling appointments at its own facilities, the health department and EMA book appointments through other providers.
- The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency: The EMA is operating an online site where you can register for a vaccine appointment, and representatives will contact you to set up an appointment through any of several providers.
- The Alabama Department of Public Health: Outside of Jefferson County, you can register for a vaccine appointment at your local county health department through the state’s scheduling portal or by calling 855-566-5333. The ADPH also maintains a statewide vaccine information site.
- UAB Medicine: UAB is giving shots at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, UAB Hospital-Highlands, Parker High School and AOH Cathedral of the Cross. Appointments are required. Go to the COVID Vaccination Information page for information and to schedule appointments.
- Parker High School: No appointments are needed at this UAB clinic. Walk-ups and drive-thru clients are welcome.
- Legion Field: No appointments are needed, though you still must meet the state’s eligibility requirements, for this vaccine clinic on the east side of Legion Field. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
- Birmingham CrossPlex: MedsPLUS Consulting and Comprehensive Pediatrics & Internal Medicine will be administering COVID-19 vaccines every Monday and Tuesday through April 27 in a partnership with the Jefferson County Department of Health. You can register here.
- Winn-Dixie: The grocery store recently began to offier vaccines at some locations. In the Birmingham area, the Montevallo Road and Pinson stores were included in the program. To check for stores currently offering shots, see this page on the Winn Dixie website. To book an appointment, visit this page.
- Walmart: All area stores, including Neighborhood Markets, are listed as vaccination sites. All of them were listed as either having no appointments available or being out of vaccine during a recent check of the website. You can monitor the situation at this website.
- Sam’s Club stores: Sam’s Club stores are also offering shots; more info can be found here.
- CVS: The drugstores chain is providing vaccines at many locations across the state. You can check availability of the vaccine on the website, though most of the stores were registering as “fully booked” on March 9.
- Walgreens: Walgreens has set up a page on its website to find stores giving vaccinations, but none were available in Alabama on March 9.
- Cahaba Medical Care. This group has offices in Bessemer, Fairfield, West End, Ensley and several other locations in the state. Appointments are available on a limited basis at their offices. Make appointments by calling the individual clinics, listed here.
- Mainstreet Family Care: The chain of clinics is offering the vaccines at its clinics throughout the state, including in Pelham, Moody and Oneonta. No appointments are being made. Patients can check availability of the vaccine each morning and preregister online through this site.
- Brooklere HealthMart Pharmacies: The small chain has three area locations — Adamsville, Alabaster and Sumiton. Call the individual stores to check on available appointments. You can find that information on the chain’s website.
- Independent drugstores. Several local pharmacies are also giving vaccinations. These include Green Valley Drugs, Hoover; and Ritch’s Pharmacy, Mountain Brook. Addresses and phone numbers for these pharmacies, as well as all other current vaccine providers, can be found on the ADPH COVID website.
Metro Birmingham’s major hospital groups — Ascension Health (St. Vincent’s), Brookwood Baptist Health, Children’s of Alabama and Grandview Medical Center — are listed by the Alabama Department of Public Health as vaccination providers. So far, though, those hospitals are not providing appointments for shots to the general public. Several said they had run our of vaccines after giving the doses to their workers.
Story updated April 13, 2021