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PHASE 1A CONTINUES: McLeod continues to offer healthcare workers COVID-19 vaccinations as part of initial phase

on Tuesday, 12 January 2021. Posted in News, Local News

PHASE 1A CONTINUES: McLeod continues to offer healthcare workers COVID-19 vaccinations as part of initial phase
A registered nurse with McLeod Health gives the first of two COVID-19 vaccination shots to a fellow employee. The first phase will continue until 70 percent of persons identified as phase one recipients have had the opportunity to be vaccinated.

Based on the recommendations of SC DHEC, McLeod Health continues to vaccinate mission-critical healthcare workers based on Phase 1a of the South Carolina COVID-19 Vaccine Plan. General public vaccinations will be announced by DHEC and the CDC as vaccine availability increases.

In this initial phase (1a), DHEC recommends vaccinating frontline workers in a healthcare setting who are at highest risk of contracting COVID-19 and are essential to preventing mortality. If these persons were to become sick and unable to work, healthcare systems could become too overwhelmed to provide care, and mortality would increase.

When 70 percent of persons identified in Phase 1a have had the opportunity to be vaccinated, DHEC will begin transitioning to Phase 1b. DHEC and enrolled vaccine providers will develop procedures to verify eligibility of people to receive vaccination under this guidance and to coordinate scheduling of vaccinations.

Phase 1a of McLeod Health employees includes the following groups:

Group 1 includes employees directly caring for COVID-19 patients and all McLeod Health active and affiliate medical staff physicians.

Group 2 includes employees from inpatient and outpatient departments with direct patient care responsibilities.

Group 3 includes all employees who serve in non-direct patient care departments (this includes students, volunteers, contract workers and vendors who are essential to the flow of business within the hospital.)

McLeod Health is also vaccinating paid and volunteer medical first responders (EMS, fire department, coroners, law enforcement personnel, dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, and pharmacists who provide emergency medical services) and hospital transport personnel in direct contact with suspected and/or confirmed COVID-19 patients.

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