From the UAB Experts :: How We Can Do Our Part to End the Pandemic

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We are now almost exactly one year into the Covid-19 pandemic here in Birmingham, Alabama, and we can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Birmingham Mom Collective had the privilege of talking with Dr. Audra Williams of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinic at UAB Women & Infants Center to discuss what we and our families can do to help end the pandemic.

Dr. Williams stressed that although we are hopeful for the future, we must all remain vigilant a little while longer as the vaccine continues to roll out. This includes continued mask use, hand washing, social distancing, and limiting indoor gatherings. Refer to our last Covid-related interview with a UAB doctor for recommendations that still hold true HERE.

The more we can band together, the quicker we can put this pandemic behind us. Dr. Williams noted it may be this summer before young, healthy people can get the vaccine. But she advises everyone who gets the opportunity for vaccination should do so. 

While many may be concerned about getting vaccinated, there is comfort in the recent evidence of the efficacy of it. Please read UAB’s comprehensive Covid-19 vaccine facts and myths document here.

Dr. Williams points out these vaccines have undergone thorough review for safety by the FDA.

Where Can I Get Vaccinated?

UAB currently has three drive through vaccination sites. Go ahead and register today at https://uabmedicinevaccine.org/ even if you’re not currently eligible. UAB will contact you to schedule your appointment once your group reaches eligibility. Dr. Williams also suggests contacting your primary care physician to get on whatever list he or she may have.

How To Help

Even if you’re not currently eligible for the vaccine, chances are you know plenty of people who are who could use your help. Many members of the older generation may not be tech-savvy or know how to register for their vaccine. Reach out to neighbors and relatives with offers to help them find and register for a vaccine. Offer them a ride there if they need it. The quicker we get everyone vaccinated, the sooner we can return to our more familiar pre-Covid lifestyles.

UAB also needs volunteers and temporary workers to help at the vaccine sites. If you’re interested in volunteering, email [email protected]

Together, we can bring this pandemic to an end. Let’s all do our part!