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Health officials recommend receiving COVID-19 vaccine and booster to learn more about Omicron variant

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – As medical researchers scramble to learn more about the Omicron variant of COVID-19, Alabama health officials are reminding residents of the importance of doing the basics to prevent the spread virus.

This includes getting vaccinated or receiving a booster if eligible. Booster shots are administered through the Huntsville Hospital Immunization Clinic.

Huntsville Hospital President Tracy Doughty has three recommendations for people as the world learns more about the omicron variant.

“First, wear your mask,” said Tracy Doughty, president of the Huntsville hospital.

The second recommendation is to get vaccinated. The third piece of advice he has is to get a callback if he’s eligible.
These are the same suggestions given by local infectious disease doctors.

“Masking, distancing, hand hygiene and vaccination,” said Dr. Ali Hassoun, infectious disease specialist at Huntsville Hospital.

A message also echoed by the President of the United States.

“Most Americans are fully immunized but not yet boosted. If you are 18 or older and have been fully immunized by June 1, go get the vaccine today, ”President Joe Biden said in a November 29 speech.

Doughty says people don’t have to look far in Huntsville for a place to take a photo.

“Any big box retail store, our John Hunt Clinic, you can get the shot. If you don’t have the booster, buy it too, ”Doughty explained.

The John Hunt Clinic is open Monday through Thursday. The clinic began offering boosters after the dosage of Pfizer was approved by the FDA.

“If you just look at the boosters, we’re doing about 800 a week, so about 200 a day,” Doughty said.

And when it comes to supply, Doughty says he doesn’t foresee any issues with the vaccines at this point.

“The state has been very successful in securing allowances from the federal cache, so there has been no problem receiving vaccines for children and / or adults,” he said.

Health officials say the new variant has created even more uncertainty, so if people are eligible for an injection, they say they’re not waiting to make that appointment.

As noted above, there are many places people can get their COVID-19 vaccine, including Huntsville Hospital, Kroger, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Publix.


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