Coastal Health District says more providers needed to distribute COVID-19 vaccine

Coastal Health District says more providers needed to distribute COVID-19 vaccine

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Hundreds of healthcare providers around Georgia are enrolling to help administer COVID-19 vaccinations.

Acting as a kind of force-multiplier, businesses like pharmacies are signing up to help distribute the vaccine, but more are needed.

Dr. Lawton Davis says the health department doesn’t want to be the only show in town, the only entity distributing COVID-19 vaccines. And Dr. Davis said they’re encouraging health care providers to enroll by filling out a survey online.

WTOC spoke with one local pharmacy whose owner says they enrolled and were accepted, and now just waiting on doses to arrive. Just last week alone, Pooler Pharmacy received more than 100 phone calls from people interested in making appointments to get vaccinated when possible.

It’s a level of interest Pooler Pharmacy’s owner says is encouraging, and with limited store space, has them looking for ways to accommodate the need when they’re able.

“What we’re going to try to do here is set up appointment times. And we may reach out to some local facilities that have a bigger area than this to have maybe a day. I know one church that we’ve spoken to, they do blood drives, and we would like to set up maybe an immunization drive,” said Pooler Pharmacy owner Josh Greeson.

Again, local health care providers are only able to set up appointments if they’re getting vaccine doses, and like the health department leaders are asking for the public’s patience.

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