Visitation Policy Update- February 23rd

Updated Visitation Policy (2/23)

As of 2/23 at 7am, we have updated both hospitals' Visitation Policy: Maternity patients may have 2 support persons, 1 of which may be a doula. Per 2/15 update: In other cases (not including COVID patients) 1 visitor will be allowed per hospital stay, with no rotations allowed.

Click to View Our Visitation Policy (.pdf)

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Current Groups Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Governor Kay Ivey recently announced expansion of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to include people ages 65+ and an expanded list of frontline critical workers, as follows:

  • People age 65 and older
  • First responders (EMS, Police, Fire)
  • Food and agriculture workers
  • U.S. Postal Service workers
  • Manufacturing workers
  • Grocery store workers
  • Public transit workers
  • People working in education (teachers, support staff, community college and higher education)
  • Childcare workers
  • Judiciary, including but not limited to circuit judges, district judges and district attorneys

The additional priority groups will add over one million people that are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Alabama. While just under two million people will qualify to receive the vaccine, the state continues to receive only around 100,000 doses each week. For more information from the Governor, please visit:

Additional Timeslots Are Now Unavailable

There are no longer any time-slots available.

We allotted nearly 700 leftover slots at 7am (Feb 5) that were previously held for those scheduling through our call center, but due to the high volume of calls and limited ability to schedule by phone, were re-opened as online appointments.

Please note that no more appointments will be made by phone. The call center (256-235-5600) will remain open Friday-Sunday, 7:30-4:30PM for questions about appointments that have already been made. If you can’t reach us by phone, please send us a message on Facebook. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Vaccines will be distributed Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm at the following locations by appointment only:

  • Monday, February 8th: Oxford Civic Center (401 McCullars Lane, Oxford, AL 36203)
  • Tuesday, February 9th: Oxford Civic Center (401 McCullars Lane, Oxford, AL 36203)
  • Wednesday, February 10th: Anniston City Meeting Center (1615 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201)
  • Thursday, February 11th: Jacksonville Community Center (501 Alexandria Road, SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265)
  • Friday, February 12th: Jacksonville Community Center (501 Alexandria Road, SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265)

Thanks to all for participating. We are excited the vaccine will be reaching so many of you next week!

Downloadable Forms

RMC Vaccine Consent Form

RMC COVID-19 Vaccine Data Sheet

Types of Vaccines

Currently, Pfizer and Moderna are the only two companies producing and distributing vaccines cleared by Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Pfizer and BioNTech was authorized on December 11, 2020, and Moderna was authorized a week later on December 18, 2020. Both companies began immediate distribution in coordination with the Federal and State governments.

RMC has received Moderna vaccines, distributed by the Alabama Health Department. For more information on the specifics of the Moderna Vaccine, please visit:

https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download

Previous Vaccinations

RMC began vaccinating health care workers December 28-31st and returned for second doses January 27-29th. RMC worked with Alabama Department of Health and Calhoun County EMA to administer first rounds to first responders, healthcare workers and those 75+ at the Anniston City Meeting Center on January 5-7th and returned February 2-4th.

RMC continues administer COVID-19 vaccines as they are distributed by Alabama Department of Public Health. For more information on the ADPH allocation plan, please visit:

https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2bJyxwKm7iqeMK1i9q_z7MnJ0nP4-M6dX34ls77Sc9WYayzLJUh-ZOSXw

FAQ:

COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting the virus and is a safer way to help protect you and your loved ones. If everyone able to be vaccinated will do their part, together we can be a part of stopping this global pandemic. For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/8-things.html

Yes, once 3-4 months have passed. Once you’ve had the virus, you likely have antibodies for the specific strain of the virus you caught. While that may keep you from getting sick again in the short term, scientists have not determined exactly how long those antibodies last. Because those antibodies are specific to one strain, it’s important to get the vaccine to protect you from many variants of COVID-19.

For more information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits.html

If you have experienced anaphylaxis and have known severe allergies, please consult your physician on whether this vaccine is right for you. There have been known cases of allergic reactions. Consult your physician if you have the following:

  • have allergies
  • have a fever
  • have a bleedings disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • are pregnant or become pregnant
  • are breast feeding
  • have received another COVID-19 vaccine

For more information, please visit: https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download

No. Both vaccines are proven to work the same.

Moderna’s vaccine is 94.1% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid infection in a study of 30,400 participants (Source: FDA Briefing Document, Page 5)

The second vaccine should be administered 28 days after receiving the first.

No, as the vaccine will offer up to 52% immunity after the first does and up to 94% immunity after two doses.

Since the COVID-19 vaccines use a genetic sequence instead of killed or weakened viruses to create an immune response,
there is no chance you will get COVID-19 from the vaccine. It also means these vaccines are much easier to manufacture than other types of vaccines.

For more information on how mRNA vaccines work, please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/hcp/mrna-vaccine-basics.html

Possible side effects include redness at the site of injection, headache, fatigue, fever and chills. Should your symptoms continue or worsen, please contact your doctor right away.

At this time, vaccines are free and subsidized by the Federal Government. Health care administers may charge an administration fee to insurance.

A photo ID is required. All health care providers offering the vaccine will input information into the Immprint System through ADPH. For more information, please visit:

https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/immunization/immprint.html).

  • Genetic material, mRNA, as opposed to dead or weakened viruses. This means you will NOT run the risk of catching COVID from this vaccine.
  • Lipid (oil) bubbles, to wrap the genetic material for protected transport throughout your body.
    There is significant documentation on these ingredients, as Moderna has researched them for years in fighting other diseases.
  • Saline (Salt) solution, to make the pH level similar to that of our bodies.

Additional Resources:

CDC FAQ Page for COVID Vaccines

ADPH COVID Vaccine Information Page

Calhoun EMA Coronavirus Info Page

Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine

FDA Fact Sheet for Vaccine Recipients and Caregivers

FDA Briefing Document (Executive Summary can be found on Page 5)