Increasing demand for COVID-19 vaccine prompts Tidelands Health to hire temporary workers to boost staffing at regional vaccinat

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The Tidelands Health Newsroom

Published on August 25, 2021

Increasing demand for COVID-19 vaccine prompts Tidelands Health to hire temporary workers for vaccination sites

Tidelands Health is hiring more than 100 temporary workers to boost staff at its regional vaccination sites as demand for the lifesaving shots continues to increase.

The health system is recruiting clinically trained employees to administer shots as well as others to handle patient registration and greet patients as they arrive to receive the vaccine at regional vaccination sites in Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet and Georgetown. Apply online at tidelandshealth.org.

A clinician administers a COVID-19 vaccine shot at a Tidelands Health clinic in Murrells Inlet.Several factors are leading to increased demand for vaccine, including a recent surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations fueled by the Delta variant, approval of booster shots for immunocompromised individuals and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine Monday for those 16 and older.

In addition, demand is expected to surge once approval is granted for booster doses for everyone 12 and older eight months after they received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. That approval is expected in late September and is likely to prompt many of the approximately 40,000 people who have received a vaccine from Tidelands Health to come back for a third “booster” dose.

“We already have experienced a tremendous uptick in demand for the vaccine over the past month, and we anticipate an even bigger rush in the coming weeks and months,” said Gayle Resetar, chief operating officer of Tidelands Health. “Bringing on additional team members will help ensure the efficient, streamlined vaccination process our community members have come to appreciate when getting a vaccine from us.

“Our team already has administered more than 80,000 vaccine doses since the vaccine became available, and we are eager and ready to continue meeting the demand in our region. The vaccine is proven to be safe and effective and is our best weapon as we continue to battle COVID-19. We strongly encourage everyone to get the vaccine. The increased demand is refreshing to see because every shot will help us get closer to putting this pandemic behind us.”

Walk-in vaccination is available at three regional vaccination sites in Georgetown, Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach:

  • Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Harris Medical Pavilion entrance, 606 Black River Road, Georgetown, every Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m-4 p.m.
  • Waccamaw Medical Park West, 4040 Highway 17, Suite 204, Murrells Inlet, Monday-Thursday, 9a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Tidelands Health Medical Park at The Market Common, 2200 Crow Lane, Myrtle Beach, Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

In addition to hiring temporary workers for COVID-19 vaccine clinics, Tidelands Health is recruiting temporary workers to help conduct screenings at entrances to other health system locations as part of the Safe In Our Care program.

The health system is recruiting permanent team members, as well. More than 200 jobs are available, including nurses. Other positions include staff in pharmacy, imaging and labs. Check out all the permanent jobs available at tidelandshealth.org/careers.

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Tidelands Health is the region’s largest health care provider and MUSC Health affiliate, serving the Carolinas at four hospitals and more than 60 outpatient locations. More than 2,500 employee, physician and volunteer partners work side by side with our communities to transform the health of our region – promoting wellness, preventing illness, encouraging recovery and restoring health.