COVID-19 Vaccination for UMC Patients, UA Faculty and Staff
University Medical Center in Tuscaloosa continues to offer COVID-19 vaccines to UMC patients ages 12 and older and UA students, faculty and staff by appointment only.
If you would like to receive the vaccine, call (205) 348-1471 to schedule an appointment, and leave your name, date of birth and a way for UMC to contact you. Your phone call will be returned promptly.
University Medical Center in Demopolis is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to patients by appointment only.
If you are a patient at UMC-Demopolis and would like to receive the vaccine, call (205) 348-0087 to schedule an appointment, and leave your name, date of birth and a way for UMC to contact you. Your phone call will be returned promptly.
Please come to your vaccination appointment with a form of photo identification, a health insurance card and your COVID-19 vaccine card if you are getting a second dose of the vaccine.
First and Second Dose
We offer first and second vaccine doses to to UMC patients ages 12 and older and UA students, faculty and staff. If you receive your first dose at UMC, you will schedule an appointment for your second dose at your first appointment. For UMC-Tuscaloosa call (205) 348-1471 to schedule an appointment. For UMC-Demopolis call (205) 348-0087 to schedule an appointment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends a third vaccine dose for certain groups of people with weakened immune systems who received either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Patients who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are not eligible for an additional dose at this time, according to CDC guidance.
Third COVID-19 vaccine doses should be scheduled at least 28 days after a second doses. Call (205) 348-1471 to schedule an appointment. During your appointment, you will be asked to sign a form confirming your medical history. A UMC provider will review the form to confirm eligibility and to answer any questions.
Being immunocompromised means that your immune system is weakened — by disease or medication. You must have an eligible condition to be considered immunocompromised. We are following guidance from the CDC. Please talk with your health care provider about your medical conditions and whether getting an additional vaccine dose is appropriate for you.
- An additional dose of a vaccine is given when the initial immune response following a primary vaccine series is likely to be insufficient. Different studies in various groups of immunocompromised patients have shown that immunocompromised people have a slightly lower antibody response to the COVID-19 vaccine, which means they are not as protected against COVID-19 as the general population.
The CDC emphasized that the additional dose is now part of the usual COVID-19 vaccination regimen for severely immunocompromised people.
- A booster shot , on the other hand, is given when an initial sufficient immune response to a primary vaccine series wanes over time. Also known as a durability booster, this would be available to the general population.
NOTE: UMC follows CDC guidance on booster shots. At this time, the CDC has not approved booster doses but continues to review the evidence to see if booster doses are needed.
Who needs an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose?
The CDC recommends an additional dose for:
- People receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Organ transplant recipients taking medicine to suppress their immune system.
- Those who have received a stem cell transplant within the last two years or who are taking medicine to suppress their immune system.
- People with moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome).
- People with advanced or untreated HIV infection.
Some medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, may require medications that suppress the immune system, such as:
- High-dose corticosteroids (more than 20 milligrams of prednisone or its equivalent daily)
- Abatacept (Orencia®)
- Adalimumab (Humera®)
- Anakinra (Kineret®)
- Certolizumab pegol (CIMZIA®)
- Etanercept (Enbrel®)
- Golimumab (SIMPONI®)
- Infliximab (Remicade®)
- Rituximab (RITUXAN®)
- Tocilizumab (Actemra®)
- Tamoxifen (Nolvadex®)
You cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you have:
- Current COVID-19 infection with symptoms or have not been cleared to discontinue isolation.
Follow these tips for your vaccine appointment:
- When arriving at UMC in Tuscaloosa, check in under the portico.
- Face masks are required to enter the building and must be worn at all times inside UMC.
- Remain socially distanced.
- For safety and space capacity reasons, do not bring anyone with you unless you require assistance.
- Wear clothing to allow access to your left shoulder and upper arm.
- Don’t eat or drink anything for 15 minutes before your appointment because we have to take your temperature as part of screening.
- You will be required to sign the informed consent form. You may review it beforehand.
- Plan to remain at the vaccination site for 15-30 minutes to be monitored for any reaction.
- Be prepared to schedule an appointment for the second injection 21-28 days from the initial injection. We will assist you with this.
- If you are sick or cannot keep your scheduled appointment, please call UMC at (205) 348-1471 and reschedule.