Smaller Clinics for Vaccine Administration as Demand Decreases
June 17, 2021
As demand for COVID-19 immunizations declines at larger facilities, health care providers across the Lowcountry are changing where and how they administer the vaccines. As shown by Live 5 WCSC in the article: Lowcountry COVID-19 Vaccine Providers Shift to Smaller Clinics as Demand Slows
, on June 4, Roper St. Francis Healthcare's drive-thru mass immunization facility at the North Charleston Coliseum will close. It will shift to administering vaccines at its Express Care sites on June 7. According to Dr. Robert Oliverio, Roper's chief medical officer for ambulatory care, this shift will make acquiring the vaccine more convenient, removing one barrier that stands in people's way: convenience.
In addition to providing a more convenient location, the Express Care vaccinations, according to Oliverio, will allow providers to ask patients who are there for other reasons if they want to be vaccinated. Currently, little over 35% of South Carolinians aged 12 and above are completely vaccinated; the actual challenge for healthcare professionals now is reaching individuals who are still interested in getting the vaccine but haven't gotten it yet, as well as those who are still thinking about whether they should get it or not.
Aside from the ease of bringing vaccine sites to places where people already go, the smaller clinics can help relieve the fears of those who have yet to get vaccinated, according to the providers. Intimate settings can make doctors and other staff members more accessible to answering questions and clearing up misconceptions about the vaccines.
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