ARAB, Ala. (WAFF) - Widespread vaccine distribution is going to take a huge effort across the globe, and Mainstreet Family Care Clinics around the state are working to help.
The company’s clinics received Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shipments last week.
Since last week, 80 doses of the Morderna vaccine have been given out at the Arab clinic and 800 doses companywide.
Last week, 975 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were spread out to each MainStreet Family Care Clinic.
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Betsy Stewart said the vaccines will only be given out to people in phase 1A, which is healthcare workers.
“We are only offering 10 doses a day. Since they do come in vials of 10. Once we puncture it’s only good for 6 hours,” said Stewart.
Stewart said the Moderna vaccine will also require a follow-up dose 28 days after the first dose.
“That first dose is about 80 percent effective. It takes about two weeks to become affective and then it’s about 80 percent affective in protecting you from the virus and then the second dose is about 95 percent to protect you from the virus,” said Stewart.
Most importantly, Stewart said she is hopeful and happy to be able to serve residents in the rural areas with the vaccine.
“We know that not everyone has transportation or the time to take off to drive to Birmingham or Huntsville to get the vaccine. So, to be able to offer the vaccine to frontline employees to keep their businesses going and resources to the community it means so much to us,” said Stewart.