ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – AnMed Health will open its COVID-19 vaccine clinics to walk-in patients who are 16 years of age and older.
The clinic will be held on Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Civic Center of Anderson, located at located at 3027 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
No appointments are required for April 22 and 23. If you have an appointment for April 22 and 23, your appointment time will be honored, according to the press release. Appointments will be required for AnMed Health’s vaccine clinic on Saturday, April 24.
“A COVID-19 vaccination perhaps is the most important tool we have to stop the pandemic.
Evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people are less likely to be hospitalized or get
severe COVID symptoms. A nationwide review of available clinical information including death
certificates, autopsy, and medical records revealed no evidence that vaccination contributed to
patient deaths. We believe the vaccine is safe and encourage it for everyone in our
community,” AnMed Health’s Dr. Michael Seemuller said.
AnMed Health is making a big push for people to get the COVID-19, by offering the walk-in clinic.
“We vaccinate 3,600 patients every week at the Civic Center, and the demand for those slots has dropped for scheduled appointments, and so we want to remove any barrier possible to get our community vaccinated,” Dr. Seemuller said.
Dr. Seemuller said he believes a little over 30 percent of people are fully vaccinated in the community.
“So a lot of the people who know they want to get the vaccine have gotten it,” Dr. Seemuller said. “And now we’re having to reach people who are unsure about getting it, who are worried about getting it,” he said.
Dr. Seemuller said sometimes this group is harder to reach.
“So the most common thing that I hear as a physician is that people are waiting for enough people to get the vaccine. We’ve administered almost 200 million shots in this country without any documented deaths associated with those vaccines,” Dr. Seemuller said.
Hayley Chelak received her second dose Tuesday morning. Chelak said the decision was a no brainer.
“I’d say to really just consider the lives of others, and the lives of people who rely on a vaccine. You know people who have pre-existing conditions who need a vaccine to get back to normal life,” Chelak said.
Dr. Seemuller said most of the people that are unvaccinated now, are younger than 50.
“People who are younger, tend to feel invincible. They don’t think they need it, but really anyone of any age can transmit the virus, and we need people to be vaccinated to reduce the transmission,” Dr. Seemuller said.
“My dad is a frontline worker and he’s also immunocompromised. He’s a type one diabetic. And so like it was really important to me to be able to protect people like that to keep them from continuously getting it,” said Hannah Farrell.
“The need is great in every community for people to get vaccinated. This is an unprecedented health crisis, and the more people that we get vaccinated, the less people will die,” Dr. Seemuller said.
“To people that are scared, I’d just say just look into it,” Chalek said.
Dr. Seemuller said, AnMed Health is partnering with area employers, to get people vaccinated on site at their jobs, in the future. He also said a mobile vaccination program, is also in its developmental stages.