WINTERBORO -- People drove from as far as Birmingham and Mountain Brook to get a COVID-19 vaccination Thursday at the old Winterboro High School gymnasium. 

The vaccine clinic held by Talladega County Emergency Management Agency was available to health care workers, first responders and anyone 75 years old or older.

The clinic, which was open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., provided the first shots of the Moderna vaccine, which requires a second dosage. Those getting the vaccination Thursday can return to the same location Feb. 11for the second.

Robbie Stubbs from the Alabama Department of Public Health said officials had 500 doses of Moderna available Thursday, and by 12:15 p.m., 283 individuals had been through the clinic and received vaccinations. 

Stubbs said that the clinic will return to Winterboro on  Feb. 11 and hopes to have 750-1,000 doses so officials can give the people vaccinated Thursday their second dose and others their first.

The process Thursday was pretty simple. 

People came in and had their temperature taken and stated their eligibility. Next, they filled out some paperwork with the help of ADPH workers and then received their vaccination. Once the vaccination was administered, people were required to sit in a chair for 15 minutes to ensure they had no reactions to the injection.

Local resident Fred Swain said he decided to get the vaccination when a friend called and let him know the clinic was taking place in Winterboro. Swain said with the virus being so highly contagious, he had no reservations about being vaccinated and felt the same way years ago when he got the polio vaccine.