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UAB brings back COVID vaccine clinics as pandemic puts pressure on health care workers

UAB says the decision to bring back its drive-thru clinics stems from the strain the Delta COVID variant has placed on health care workers.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is relaunching its drive-thru COVID-19 clinics, officials announced on Thursday.

UAB says the decision to bring back its drive-thru clinics stems from the strain the Delta COVID variant has placed on health care workers.

"Our health care workers are tired but they're still coming to work and they're still here to take care of you," said UAB Clinical Support Services Vice President Sarah Nafziger. "Oh my goodness I really hope that we're on the downtrend of the delta variant. This has been very stressful for the healthcare community. The thing that was different about this surge was how quickly we accelerated, just the rapid rise in new cases."

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Doctors say Madison County still needs several thousand more people to get vaccinated before the area starts to see relief from the virus. They say other counties across the state are facing the same issue.

"What we do know for sure though, and I hate to sound like a broken record, what we do know for sure is that, if we do the things we learned, and take care of ourselves and keep ourselves safe we can make it safer for all of us," said Nafziger. "Please take your safety precautions seriously, please mask, please get vaccinated."

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