A message from Dr. Richard Friend, Dean of the College of Community Health Sciences

March 3, 2021

At University Medical Center, we have been vaccinating The University of Alabama community against COVID-19 since early January, and it has been a privilege to do so.

The effort has placed considerably more work on our faculty and staff. UMC is primarily vaccinating on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There have been long hours and long work weeks for our staff and missed weekend time with family. But there have been no complaints. I am always amazed and inspired by them. They are patient, cheerful and tireless in their efforts to vaccinate the UA community.

And their spirit is apparently infectious. I have heard from so many people we have vaccinated. Your compliments and heartfelt gratitude are just as inspiring. I wish I could respond individually to each and every one of you, but please know that all of us at UMC are so appreciative of your kind words. They keep us going as we work to keep our campus community safe. Together, we will get to a place where COVID-19 is no longer dangerous and disruptive.

We also thank you for trusting UMC to keep you healthy and safe – both our current patients, as well as those for whom their first visit to UMC was to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Being able to provide vaccines has created the opportunity for us to care for even more people in our University community. We are grateful for that opportunity and for the confidence that all of you have placed in us.

At University Medical Center, we are steadfast in our mission: “Caring for West Alabama.” Whether by providing COVID-19 vaccines, or primary health care services, it is our privilege to care for you.

The College of Community Health Sciences operates University Medical Center