Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s vaccination clinic is set up so that, when operating at full speed, 48 people an hour can be vaccinated.
Dr. John Addlesperger, the hospital’s chief medical officer, explained the process in an interview with Sheridan Media.
Dr. Addlesperger said those receiving the vaccine also can be signed up for a “Be Safe” app which allows the government to track any reactions someone might have to the vaccine. Individuals also are signed up for the second vaccination.
Dr. Addlesperger said that process is for the first shots, which are the Pfizer vaccines. He said the second shots, which will be the Moderna vaccine, will be fewer numbers and won’t be set up quite the same way.
He said when the hospital has a full allotment of vaccine, the clinic starts at 7 a.m. and runs through around 5 p.m. Clinics are Wednesday through Friday.
As of early Thursday morning, Dr. Addlesperger said, Sheridan Memorial Hospital had given over 3,500 vaccinations. He estimated another 300 had been given by Thursday afternoon.
He said those vaccinated by that time included those 65 and older as well as healthcare providers, first responders and others in previous priority groups. He said there are openings at this time, and the hospital is trying to fill those with teachers.
He said there are a lot of people in Sheridan County who are eligible to receive the vaccine at this time, but they haven’t come forward. He said across the country, many people are still adopting a wait-and-see attitude about the vaccinations.