DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN)— After a successful first week of administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the west parking garage at Southeast Health, they have yet again set a new goal for themselves.
The hospital wants to increase the number of Alabama residents 75 years and older being vaccinated this week.
“We’ve gotten good positive feedback,” said Wyndi Thompson, DNP at Southeast Health. “It’s safer for most of our 75 and older populations. It decreases the use of PPE, and we can actually increase our volumes with vaccination by doing it outside.”
Thompson says 60 to 75 percent of the vaccination appointments being scheduled for the coming week have been for the 75 and older population. Currently, Southeast Health is seeing 200 to 250 appointments daily, but they are hoping and ready to move up to 400 appointments per day by next week.
“We’ve set up three lanes,” Thompson said. “We have outdoor printers. We have secure Wi-Fi, bring all of our computers on rolling carts so that we are able to do our registration processes. I’d say the biggest difference for us is to go ahead and pre-print all those documents we might need. It’s a little bit different than what we would do inside, but other than that, we even have the capability to print if that was needed.”
When patients arrive, they will check in with security and then be directed into one of the three lanes. A member of the registration team will verify insurance and license, and then patients are given paperwork including a consent form to fill out.
Nurses will come to the car, administer the vaccine, and direct patients to wait for 15 minutes for observation.
“As I’ve said before, I really feel at this point as the virus has become a little bit more contagious you are either going to get covid or you’re going to get the vaccination,” Thompson said. “In order for us to end this pandemic, we need to move forward get as many people vaccinated as we can so that we can get back to what we really consider a normal life.”
Southeast Health understands that patients are trying to get their vaccine as quickly as possible so if you do happen to book an appointment with them and book somewhere else and get in elsewhere first, all they ask is that you call or go online to cancel your appointment so that they can allot that appointment time to someone else.