Local Mayors Push Challenge

SHOALS – More than 30 of Alabama’s mayors have signed up during the last week to help encourage Alabamians to get vaccinated, and others are joining daily.  Florence’s Andy Betterton, Muscle Shoals’ Mike Lockhart, and Sheffield’s Steve Stanley have each enrolled in the Mayors’ challenge.

The local leaders have enrolled in the We Can Do This Alabama Mayors’ Challenge, an attempt to get a 20% increase in vaccinations by Labor Day, Sept. 6.  

“With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations dramatically increasing in our state, we are calling on everyone in a leadership position to help us fight this virus,” said Dr. Donald Williamson, president of the Alabama Hospital Association.  “Our mayors are trusted and respected in their communities. We are extremely grateful for those who are stepping up to help.”

We Can Do This Alabama is a collaborative effort between the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama Hospital Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, the Alabama Nursing Home Association, the Alabama Primary Health Care Association, the Alabama Chapter-AAP, the Alabama Council for Behavioral Healthcare, the Alabama State Nurses Association, and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. The goal is to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in Alabama through a grassroots approach.