BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) -For the past week or so, more than 1,500 people have been vaccinated at Legion Field. Now efforts are underway to ramp it up to a possible 24/7 mass vaccine site.
“A lot of people work 3 to 11 p.m. Some work 11-7 a.m. so we need to make sure we have the availability to make it convenient for our residents in all our 9 neighborhoods through the city but really throughout the state,” William Parker, Birmingham City Council President said.
Parker says it could take between $1 million and $3 million possibly to make it work. He would like to see the site vaccinate 3,000 people a day. Parker hopes the city can get some of the $10 billion dollars President Biden is committing to ensure equity is taking place with vaccine distribution. That money would come from the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress last month.
Parker tells us conversations are underway with state and federal officials to try and make the 24-hour site a reality.
“This is a bold and aggressive strategy but it’s one that is going to be needed and it’s going to be necessary if we’re going to truly fight and defeat COVID-19 as well as making sure that we make it convenient for our residents as well as making sure we can have true equity in the distribution of the vaccine,” Parker said.
The Magic City Classic is coming up. Parker says the city will update us on plans for the current vaccine site and game in the coming days.