A Message from Mayor Stimpson - January 14
Jan 14th, 2021
It is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.
Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 29,720 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 265 cases. To review the most recent detailed report, click here.
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the City of Mobile will not be collecting curbside trash and yard debris on Monday, January 18 and our recycling drop-off centers will be closed. The collection of household garbage will be unaffected as garbage trucks do not operate on Mondays.
Today USA Health officially moved its COVID-19 vaccination efforts to the Mobile Civic Center as part of a partnership with the City of Mobile. During the first day operating at the Civic Center vaccination site, USA Health staff administered the vaccine to 250 frontline healthcare workers and first responders included in Phase 1A of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s vaccine allocation plan.
It’s our hope that this site will help USA Health efficiently and safely move through these initial phases so we can begin vaccinating the broader public as soon as possible. We believe setting up a drive-thru facility is a safer option than having patients gather inside a facility. It allows for safe social distance between those being vaccinated as well as healthcare workers. It will also be easier for senior citizens and allow patients to wait in their vehicles during the required 15-minute observation period.
USA Health will soon release information about scheduling vaccinations. Their system will allow anyone who wants to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Mobile Civic Center to register electronically. Once registered, you’ll be placed into a cue based on your eligibility under the ADPH’s vaccine allocation plan and will be contacted to schedule an appointment as vaccines become available.
At the moment, the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine greatly exceeds the supply. That’s true in Mobile and around the country, but we are laying the groundwork for what I believe will be a streamlined and efficient system for residents as more doses of the vaccine become available through ADPH.
The message in Leadership Promises for Every Day I read this morning was right on time. J. Maxwell writes that to encourage and lead others, we have to value people, praise effort and reward performance. “As the saying goes, ‘God uses people who fail – because there aren’t any other kind around.’”
We are learning to do this together, and it is a big undertaking. However, because of our partnership with USA Health, I know that tomorrow we’ll be better than we were yesterday, and next week we’ll be a lot better than we were this week. These healthcare workers are doing the very best they can, and the City is collaborating in every way we can to make sure all citizens are able to be vaccinated as soon as possible.