A new drive through vaccine and testing centre has opened in Alabama after moving from its original site.

USA Health has been collaborating with the city of Mobile to provide Covid testing and vaccination at the Mobile Civic Center.

But the annual Mardi Gras is set to return, which means the centre has now moved to a new site to the west.

It is now at the University of South Alabama and opened on Monday, January 24.

The vaccine task force at USA Health has run drive-through operations in the Civic Center Arena and, more recently, in the Expo Hall, which closed on Friday, January 21.

The Civic Center is used as a start/finish location for parades and a site for Mardi Gras balls, although USA Health did not provide a specific reason for the relocation.

The event did not take place in 2021, but they appear to be on track to begin in mid-February, leading up to Fat Tuesday on Tuesday, March 1.

The JagTran facility at 301 Stadium Drive is the new USA campus location.

In addition to testing and drive-through vaccinations, the USA will make monoclonal antibody therapy available in limited quantities in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

USA Health claims to have distributed over 100,000 vaccination doses and 85,000 COVID testings. The following are driving directions to and from the facility supplied by USA Health:

Mobile Civic Center vaccine clinic

After passing University Boulevard on Old Shell Road, take John Counts Drive, often known as Entrance 1, onto the USA campus. Continue past the intramural fields to the JagTran building on the right, across the street from the football stadium.

The most direct path out of the complex is to exit the JagTran building and turn left onto John Counts Drive, then right into Old Shell Road. To aid in navigation, digital directional markers will be put at the new testing and vaccine site.”

Source: AL

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