Memorial Health offering COVID-19 vaccine clinic for people 65+

Memorial Health offering COVID-19 vaccine clinic for people 65+

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - You can now schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through Memorial Health.

They will start vaccinating the public over 65 years old on Thursday.

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According to Memorial Health, the vaccine clinic is not located on the Memorial Health campus. It will be at the GenerationOne location at 1100 Eisenhower Drive in Savannah. The clinic is expected to begin on Thursday. Appointments can only be made online.

This building typically serves a senior population but has been transformed into a vaccination clinic to operate three days a week.

Memorial Health’s website link for appointments went live Monday for those over 65 to schedule their first dose appointment from this Thursday through February.

Leaders say they are not allowing walk-ins and using a schedule to ensure no waste of vaccine. They also hope it helps move people in and out in 25-30 minutes after getting their shot, being observed and scheduling their second dose.

Memorial officials have been planning this clinic for a long time and did have a soft rollout this weekend to test their system.

Because it went well, they will open officially Thursday and expect to be able to vaccinate 300-400 people a day.

While they know this one clinic won’t solve all the problems, they do believe it will help make a dent in the demand that is out there.

“To me, it’s something that this group has been working towards for honestly months and so it’s great to finally be there where we can open the doors and actually vaccinate patients. Also, for those of us that are a part of the Memorial Health family, it is part of our mission you know that above all else we’re working towards the improvement and care of human life and so what better testament to that living your mission then to really opening up your doors and continuing to meet the needs of the community,” Associate Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Thacker said.

Officials say they will store the vaccine at the hospital and securely transfer it for the clinic which will be monitored by police.

Dr. Thacker says vaccinations will not cost a patient anything. They do ask that you bring you license for proof that you are over 65 years old.

Right now, the only way to book a future appointment for this clinic by Memorial is through their website. They do not have a call center.

Leaders say they hope to be able to ramp up their clinic an keep in going as supply allows.

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