State, FEMA leaders tour Tidelands Health regional vaccination sites
State, National Guard and FEMA representatives visited Tidelands Health regional vaccination sites Wednesday to learn best practices and see first-hand how the centers operate efficiently.
Representatives from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Guard toured Tidelands Health regional vaccination sites in Murrells Inlet and Georgetown.
In addition to seeing first-hand the setup and flow of the regional vaccination sites, officials heard behind-the-scenes insights on the health care logistics and work needed to administer thousands of vaccine doses per week in a safe and efficient manner.
“The team wants to learn from providers such as Tidelands Health as EMD officials move forward in a supporting role with vaccine clinic logistics,” said Robert Burton, hazards planning manager with SCEMD. “At some point as we move through the phases and start having more and more people coming, people are only going to need extra help, and that’s the whole point of this team here.”
Tidelands Health is a statewide leader in vaccine administration. To date, the health system has administered more than 25,000 doses, ranking it among the top eight providers in the state for number of vaccine doses administered. Last week, Tidelands Health administered a record 5,200 doses in a single week at its two regional vaccination sites thanks to a slight increase in vaccine supply.
“Our team was pleased to welcome representatives from SCEMD, FEMA and the National Guard to our regional vaccination sites and to provide insight on what it takes to organize and operate these centers efficiently,” said Greg Nobles, director of patient safety and regulatory compliance at Tidelands Health. “We will continue to respond whenever called upon to help achieve our shared goal of getting people vaccinated as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible.”