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Dothan Pediatric Clinic offers Moderna vaccine to those eligible

The clinic was granted 2,000 vaccines by the ADPH, they have already administered 650.
Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 5:51 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Treating one of our most vulnerable populations, Dothan Pediatric Clinic has joined the efforts to get senior citizens vaccinated.

From caring for children, to setting up at the Houston County Farm Center, taking part in the states phase 1A of vaccine rollout. They are administering the Moderna vaccine to those 75 and older.

“Our clinic was looking at a way to help our community and as I think as everyone knows the vaccine rollout has been a little slower than everybody hoped,” Jeff Tamburin, Medical Director for Dothan Pediatrics, said. “If there’s one thing pediatricians know how to do and pediatric clinics know how to do is give out vaccines.”

After contacting the Alabama Department of Public Health, expressing their willingness to help, they were granted 2,000 vaccines.

“I’m just glad that we are able to do it and to offer it,” Tera Knighton, nurse practitioner, said. “I know that we have heard from many people who have come in say they have been on waiting lists for weeks and when they heard that we were open they jumped in the car and came right on, so I think it’s going to be great for our community.”

Consent forms and times for appointments have been given to local nonprofits, like churches and other doctor’s offices, for those eligible for the vaccine.

“We really didn’t want to have it as a walk-in only clinic, we were afraid it would be too crowded and a little bit chaotic so doing it this way has worked really well, keeping the flow manageable and people are not having to wait long at all,” Tamburin said.

They are booked with appointments for the next two days, but say they will take walk ins as long as they have vaccine available. A proof of identification is required. Patients are given the consent form and an information sheet to fill out upon arrival.

“It’s been a treat for all of us here to get to interact with seniors because that’s not something we are used to doing,” Knighton said.

A model they hope others will follow suit with.

“I think it’s really going to take everyone chipping in because just relying on the health departments and the hospitals to do this, it’ll take a long time to get the vaccines out,” Tamburin said.

Since Monday the clinic has administered 650 doses.

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