Children’s of Alabama was committed to safely serving patients, families and visitors in response to COVID-19. We continued mask-wearing and temperature screenings, social distancing and visitation guidelines and telehealth appointments for specialty clinic services.
In January 2021, we began administering COVID-19 vaccines to employees. As vaccine eligibility evolved throughout the year – first for individuals ages 12 and up, and later ages 5 and up – Children’s provided vaccinations to qualified patients in selected outpatient clinics, designated primary care practices throughout the Birmingham area and for inpatients as ordered by a physician.
COVID-19 vaccines administered at Children’s of Alabama* in 2021: 17,840
*includes doses administered at Children’s of Alabama primary care practices
Children’s joined other central Alabama hospitals and health care entities on March 19, 2021, for “Birmingham Healthcare Heroes Day.” Children’s employees were among the 39,000+ health care workers who wore matching T-shirts in solidarity of their unwavering commitment to their patients and communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
A photo taken at Children’s was included in the Children’s Hospital Association’s “Stronger Together – Children’s Hospitals During COVID-19,” a special photo series portraying the response of children’s hospitals and their patients to the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured here is Tracy Barfield, RN, and patient Makyah, sharing an elbow bump in Clinic 8.