A Message from Mayor Stimpson - January 20
Jan 20th, 2021
It is 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.
Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 30,928 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 248 cases. To review the most recent detailed report, click here.
USA Health has released an online tool that will allow residents to indicate their interest in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination at the Mobile Civic Center as part of its partnership with the City of Mobile.
Those who would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Civic Center can sign up online at https://c19vaccine.southalabama.edu/ It’s important to note that this will only let USA Health know who is interested in receiving a vaccine. It will NOT generate an appointment for vaccination.
Information provided through the online tool will be used to contact those who want the vaccine based on two factors: When eligibility of certain groups is approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health and when USA Health has received enough vaccine to begin giving the shots to those who are eligible.
Earlier today, the Alabama Department of Public Health released new information about its distribution of COVID-19 vaccines so far. To date, 184,618 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alabama, though the federal government has not delivered all of the doses allocated to Alabama.
A total of 446,150 doses of the 640,150 doses allocated to our state have been delivered, and according to ADPH, no vaccine doses in Alabama have been discarded. ADPH has also created a vaccine provider locator map that lists addresses for COVID-19 vaccine providers. The map can be found online here.
I know many are anxious to see the distribution of vaccines ramped up, and so am I. However, I assure you our local healthcare workers and state officials are doing all they can with the resources they have.
This week I listened to a simple but powerful message from Dr. Kevin Elko, who said: “to do the impossible, you have to see the invisible.”
Elko gave the example of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and the home he designed in Pennsylvania known as “Falling Waters.” It was commissioned to be built near a waterfall, but Wright drew plans with the waterfall going right through the middle of the home. It had never been done at the time, but today "Falling Waters" still stands as one of the world’s architectural wonders.
Put simply, you have to have a vision when you’re doing something that hasn’t ever been done before. We have a vision at the City of Mobile to become a safer, more business and family friendly place to live. What future do you see for yourself? It may be invisible now, but with the right vision, nothing is impossible.