EFFINGHAM COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The Effingham County Health System ramped up their first mass vaccination clinic on Monday. They plan to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to hundreds of people this week.
Those WTOC spoke with who got the vaccine Monday say it was a quick and easy process and hope more people will get vaccinated as well.
Effingham Health System they plan to vaccinate 600 people this week alone. The health system also says this is the largest distribution of the vaccine in the county for those over 65 and their caregivers.
They plan on vaccinating 75 to 85 people during the week and 300 people this Saturday. They’re booked until February 12 but expect to open other clinics as accessibility increases.
The Director of Pharmacy says after posting the announcement they’d be distributing the vaccine, they’ve since received hundreds of calls.
“We’ve received that afternoon in about five hours over 300 calls. and daily since then, we’ve received in upwards to 3 to 500 calls a day, requesting information about the vaccine and also how they could go about getting it or getting on a list to get it,” said Kameron Huffman, Director of Pharmacy.
Huffman also says they want to provide as many vaccines as possible.
“I didn’t even feel the pain. It was very good and I do recommend it to others to let us do something about this virus,” said Effingham County resident Herlene White.
White was just one of the several Effingham County residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19 on Monday.
She says her husband already received his vaccine, so it was her turn.
Huffman says this is the largest distribution of the vaccine in the county for those over 65 and their caregivers.
First responders like Deputy Ray Rodriguez are also not missing their chance on getting vaccinated either.
“I was worried to bring something like this home to family members or to my mother-in-law that’s high risk and it’s just really alleviates that anxiety,” said Deputy Rodriguez.
White and others say the process was quick and easy. They want to encourage others to sign up and get vaccinated.
“It is life-saving for what we are dealing with now. It is life-saving,” said White.
Effingham’s vaccine clinics are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 912-754-0283.