From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Highlands Medical Center (HMC) will be giving out first doses of the Moderna vaccine in the main lobby of HMC at no charge.

“Here in Jackson County, the numbers locally today at Highlands are eight in-patient cases, one of them on a ventilator,” said Scottsboro Mayor Jim McCamy. “This is the most we’ve had here since the first week of February. The Huntsville hospital system-wide is 185 and surging,” Highlands is conducting a vaccination clinic at the hospital. As we have before, I strongly encourage everyone to go get vaccinated if you haven’t already, please go get vaccinated.”

HMC requires any planning to attend this vaccination clinic to bring a valid ID, insurance card for those who have insurance though insurance is not required. Masks will also be required in HMC as well as encouraging social distance practices while present.

Members of the Scottsboro City Council added that if the times on Thursday don’t work, people can get vaccinated at doctor’s offices and pharmacies, with some pharmacies even allowing walk-in vaccinations.

“If you want it, it’s pretty easy to get. I’m with the mayor, I encourage it as well,” council member Mike Ashburn said.

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