Articles relating to COVID-19 including safety tips, research updates, and vaccine information.

Drive-through Community Vaccination Center in Bessemer offers free COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Karen Landers, M.D.(256) 383-1231 No appointments, no ID and no insurance are required to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination at a drive-through community vaccination center in Bessemer. Anyone age 16 and older is eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The center is located at WaterMark Place, 4500 Katies Way, Bessemer 35022.…

Clinical trial of therapeutics for severely ill hospitalized COVID-19 patients begins

News Release Thursday, April 22, 2021 Patients with acute respiratory failure may now enroll in NIH-sponsored trial. A new Phase 3 trial to test the safety and efficacy of therapeutics for COVID-19 has begun enrolling patients hospitalized with life-threatening cases of COVID-19, including those with acute respiratory failure. The trial is supported by two components…

Large NIH clinical trial will test polyclonal antibody therapeutic for COVID-19

News Release Wednesday, April 21, 2021 A Phase 2/3 trial to evaluate a new fully-human polyclonal antibody therapeutic targeted to SARS-CoV-2, called SAB-185, has begun enrolling non-hospitalized people with mild or moderate cases of COVID-19. The trial, ACTIV-2, is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes…

Drive-up COVID-19 testing in Coffee and Houston counties offered by appointment only beginning April 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Southeastern Public Health District, (334) 792-9070The Southeastern Public Health District will offer drive-up testing by appointment only in Coffee and Houston counties beginning Tuesday, April 27.The new drive-up testing schedule will be:Coffee County Health Department2841 Neal Metcalf RoadEnterprise, AL 36330Wednesdays and Fridays (weekly)To schedule an appointment, call (334) 347-9574.Houston County Health Department1781 Cottonwood…

Large clinical trial to study repurposed drugs to treat COVID-19 symptoms

News Release Monday, April 19, 2021 Using an ACTIV master protocol, the trial will focus on potential interventions for mild-to-moderate illness. The National Institutes of Health will fund a large, randomized, placebo‑controlled Phase 3 clinical trial to test several existing prescription and over-the-counter medications for people to self-administer to treat symptoms of COVID-19. Part of…

NIH closes enrollment in trial comparing COVID-19 treatment regimens

News Release Thursday, April 15, 2021 Head-to-head trial unlikely to show difference between regimens. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that the fourth iteration of the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT-4) has closed to enrollment because the study met pre-defined futility criteria indicating…

NIH funds new influenza research network

News Release Wednesday, April 14, 2021 What The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has established a network of research sites to study the natural history, transmission and pathogenesis of influenza and provide an international research infrastructure to address influenza outbreaks. The program, called the Centers…

Drive-through second-dose COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled for April 20 and April 22 in Walker County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Regina Myers, Walker County EMA (205) 471-8043 The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) reminds the public that second-dose COVID-19 drive-through vaccination clinics will be held April 20 and April 22 in Walker County for people who received their initial COVID-19 dose on March 30 or April 1.  The second-dose clinics…