GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Prisma Health opened a new vaccination site in Greenville on Monday, January 18 at 7 a.m. for eligible candidates under state guidelines.
The Greenville vaccination site, located at 1 Kmart Plaza, Greenville, SC 29605, is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
It is one of two new mass vaccination distribution sites opening today in South Carolina. The other is in Columbia, SC at 22 National Guard Rd., Columbia, SC 29201 in Gamecock Park. The drive-through vaccination site is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Both sites are available by appointment only through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). Community appointments originally scheduled for GMH have been shifted to the new site.
Phase 1 state guidelines currently allow vaccinations for healthcare workers, first responders, and those 70 years of age or older.
In a release, Prisma Health noted, “All scheduled community appointments from Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital have been transferred to this site. Eligible individuals MUST have an appointment through the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control’s (CDC) Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) with a QR code that MUST be brought in hand to be vaccinated.”
To receive the first dose of the vaccine at either of these new locations, community members can visit www.PrismaHealth.org/Vaccine for the latest information about the vaccination process.
Prisma Health representatives said to fill out a form on its website if you are eligible. Patients will be notified by email when it is time to schedule an appointment. Prisma Health is urging people not to fill out a request form multiple times online, saying that may delay the process.
For those who do not have access to a computer, there is a helpline number at (833-277-4762).
Appointments will be based on the limited supply of vaccines available.
Prisma Health said eligible individuals must have an appointment through the Centers for Disease and Prevention Control’s (CDC) Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) with a QR code that must be brought in hand to be vaccinated.
Those who already had appointments scheduled in the VAMS system will receive an email from Marketing@PrismaHealth.org Monday to notify them of the new location.
As of Sunday afternoon, Prisma Health reported that it received 97,100 online request forms, and is working as quickly as possible to submit names to the CDC.
Prisma Health is asking eligible community members to do the following while waiting for an appointment:
- Remember that even after people receive the first dose, they still need the second dose to achieve 95% efficacy.
- This means they still have a risk of becoming infected, particularly due to the state’s high infection rate. Also remember that the vaccine will not be widely administered to 75% of the population until this summer.
- Please continue to socially distance; wear a mask in public when around others; wash hands frequently; avoid group gatherings and stay home if you are sick.
Prisma Health said its goal is to administer 10,000 vaccinations a day by the end of the first week at the new Greenville site.
However, Prisma Health leaders said they are concerned about having enough supply of vaccine from the state to meet the community need, based on new state-estimated vaccine allocation.
Dr. Saria Saccocio, Chief Ambulatory Medical Officer for Prisma Health and Co-Chair of its COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, said Friday that the hospital system requested more than 58,000 doses for the first week of the site’s operation. He said based on the current supply of vaccines Friday and shipments arriving Tuesday, January 19th, “we will run out of vaccine next week if we do not receive this additional excess of inventory.”
According to a DHEC media briefing Friday, the entire state was set to receive roughly 63,000 doses, as it has weekly since the vaccines became available.
“It is important to understand that the flow of vaccine is from the federal government… and it is not sufficient to meet the growing demand at this time,” Dr. Brannon Traxler, SC DHEC Interim Public Health, Director said.
According to the SC Hospital Association, which represents all of the Upstate’s major health systems, vaccination efforts have been aggressively ramped up, but the supply remains stagnant.
In a statement, they said hospitals will receive 100% of the second doses they requested, but only 20-25% of the first doses.
For additional information, visit www.PrismaHealth.org/coronavirus. The site also has a link to detailed information about the vaccine process.
State officials will continue to determine the timing of when healthcare providers move into different phases of vaccine distribution.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control provides information on all locations accepting vaccine appointments. There are a few non-Prisma Health pharmacies that can accept 70+ individuals now. To find those and other locations, call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432 or visit the DHEC website.