Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine in Alabama

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Will you be getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Alabama? MainStreet Family Care and KidsStreet Urgent Care are now offering COVID-19 vaccinations. These are currently available at all MainStreet and KidsStreet clinic locations. Below is information on the current phase of the vaccine distribution.

Who can get a COVID-19 vaccine at this time?

At this time, COVID-19 vaccines are available to patients who meet certain criteria.  We’ve listed the criteria below.  However, more people will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine every week, so please check here often.

We are in PHASE 1 of the vaccine distribution. That is to say, you can get a COVID-19 vaccination at MainStreet and KidsStreet if you are 18 or older, have not had COVID-19 in the last 90 days, and meet one of the criteria below:

  1. You work in a healthcare setting and have direct contact with patients
  2. If you work in a setting where you are directly exposed to COVID-19 pathogen
  3. You work or live in a long-term care setting
  4. If you are an individual in Alabama over the age of 65 (Age is the only requirement.)
  5. You are a first responder, correction officer, or work in the judiciary
  6. You work in the education sector (teachers, support staff)
  7. If you are a food, agriculture, grocery store worker
  8. You are a US Postal or a public transit worker
  9. If you work in manufacturing
  10. You are a childcare worker

Read more about eligibility at these links:

How do I get the COVID-19 vaccination if I meet the criteria?

Most importantly, register online at a MainStreet or KidsStreet clinic to get your Covid-19 vaccination on the day of your visit. Please register online first to make sure there is space available. You can register online at any of our clinics here.  Registration opens each day 30 minutes before the clinic opens. After beginning your online registration, please select Initial COVID Vaccination as the reason for your visit.

If the clinic you are seeking to obtain your vaccination has reached its limit of the day you will be provided a link that will list any of our other clinics that still have available vaccination spots that day.  Subsequently, if no clinics still have vaccination availability, or you need to go to that clinic, please try again the next day, right at 30 minutes before the clinic opens.

Can I make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination if I meet the criteria?

We do not accept appointments, but we do have same-day online registration which opens 30 minutes prior to the clinic opening. To help you the best we can, please note the tips listed below to help you plan for your vaccination visit.

  • We are open late, 7 days a week. You can find the hours for a clinic nearest you on our locations page.
  • Please anticipate a wait. You can register online and wait from home.
  • Online registration calculates estimated wait times. Once you receive a text signaling for you to head to the clinic, there will likely be an additional wait time.
  • We ask that you register online at a MainStreet clinic to get your Covid-19 vaccination. Once you’ve registered, we can confirm that space is available to administer your vaccine.
  • You can register online at any of our clinics by clicking here.  Please select Initial COVID Vaccination as the reason for your visit.

What if I don’t yet meet any of the criteria, but I want a vaccination?

If you do not yet meet the criteria for vaccination but want to get vaccinated, please text the word MAINSTREET to (866) 824-0638 and we will email you when more eligible vaccination categories are added.  

What vaccination do we offer?

MainStreet and KidsStreet currently offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. This COVID-19 vaccination requires two doses. In other words, you will need to return to the clinic at a later date to receive a second dose.

How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

The government pays for the vaccination itself. The administration of the vaccination, office visit, and supplies are billed to your insurance company. Subsequently, this may require you to pay some or all of that portion of the treatment. However, if you are uninsured, you may qualify for the uninsured insurance program and that program covers all costs.

What are the side effects?

For information regarding side effects, please visit our blog and see the CDC information here.

How effective is the vaccine?

For information regarding the vaccine’s efficacy, please visit our blog and see the CDC information here.

Can I get the vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to pregnant or breastfeeding mothers who meet the above criteria. However, the vaccine has not been tested in pregnant women so there is no safety data pertaining to use in pregnancy. You can read more from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Can I bring my family members with me? Are they eligible?

Not at this time unless they meet the above criteria. We ask that only the patient being treated come to the clinic.