Salem Regional vaccine clinic full, no appointments accepted

Coronavirus

More vaccination clinics will be planned in the coming weeks as the taskforce launches a phased approach for the vaccine roll-out

SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – No more appointments are being accepted for Salem Regional Medical Center (SRMC)’s Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, January 28, the health system announced Friday.

The vaccine clinic’s schedule is full and at maximum capacity, based on the supply of 100 vaccines expected to arrive next week from the Ohio Department of Health.

The hospital handed out 117 vaccines Friday to those who were setup with appointments.

Everyone got the Pfizer vaccine and had to wait 15 minutes before being able to leave. Hospital officials said everything went well.

“They are just thrilled to have the opportunity to get it. I think we are all coming out of this deep, dark tunnel, and this is the way out. I’ve never seen people so happy to get stuck with a needle. It’s wonderful,” said Keith Meredith, vice president of clinical relations.

The vaccine is prioritized for seniors who are 80 years old or older and already have an appointment.

Meredith said there were no adverse reactions at Friday’s clinic.

“This is a good strong, good group. We’ve had no issues at all. We are prepared for that but not even sore arm,” Meredith said.

Salem Regional Medical Center is part of the Columbiana County Vaccine Taskforce, which is providing several locations where eligible seniors can receive the vaccine.

More vaccination clinics will be planned in the coming weeks as the taskforce launches a phased approach for the vaccine roll-out in alignment with Ohio’s priority groups, who are at the highest risk of exposure.

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