Vaccination Preparation

Prior to arriving, please review the FAQs and vaccine fact sheets.

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.

Let us know when you call if you have:

  • Tested COVID positive in the last 14 days; or
  • Received or plan any other vaccination (including flu, shingles) in the period of two weeks BEFORE the first COVID vaccine dose through two weeks AFTER the second dose; or

Bring your:

  • CWID
  • form of identification
  • insurance card, if available. There are no out-of-pocket costs, including for those without insurance coverage
  • CDC vaccine card — if receiving a 2nd dose or booster