Florence, South Carolina 2021-02-22 19:22:38 –
Murrels Inlet, South Carolina (WBTW) — According to DHEC, South Carolina, the Grand Strand has more than 80,000 coronavirus vaccines, but thousands of people remain on the waiting list.
High demand for COVID vaccines is a good sign, according to health officials. Due to the high demand, hospitals such as the Tidelands Health and Conway Medical Center provide a waiting list that will notify those who wish to receive the vaccine when an appointment is available.
“Initially there was a lot of demand, and our number and the number of registrants have increased significantly,” said Allyson Floyd of CMC. She told News 13 that people continue to sign up every day.
Floyd also added that more than 30,000 people were on the waiting list almost two weeks ago. As of Monday, CMC reduced the list to about 15,000.
“We made a reservation to run 450 to 500 a day in the future, and that worked,” Floyd explained. “I didn’t have to cancel my reservation,” she added.
Reservation schedules depend on weekly vaccine shipments, as local hospitals want to avoid cancellations.
Gayle Resetar, COO of Tidelands Health, said: “We are scheduling towards the second half of the week to avoid possible shipping delays on Monday or Tuesday.
She told News13 that there were about 9,800 people on the waiting list, and almost half of them had no plans to book yet.
According to Resetar, Tidelands Health immunizes 1,000 to 2,000 people each week. But she believes they can get more vaccinations.
“The only important or only variable that affects the number of runs per week is the number that appears in the email,” says Resetar. CMC also wants to get more vaccinations.
“We don’t have enough supplies to expand to other locations and provide more clinics,” Floyd told News13.
The Grand Strand Medical Center told News13 that there were no vaccine shipments last week. This means that appointments will not be made until the hospital receives more doses.
These hospitals have told News 13 that they want to vaccinate more people but avoid the confusion associated with cancellations.
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