MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – It took less than a day for thousands of appointments to be booked for the mass vaccination event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s website showed that no more appointments were available for Tuesday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 3.
But McLeod Health announced after the appointments were booked that they’re working to add more appointment times for the mass vaccination events in Myrtle Beach.
McLeod Health got in contact with Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune last week about hosting the mass vaccine event after it learned it would receive extra doses of the Moderna vaccine. During the event, 5,000 first doses will be administered to those who are eligible under Phase 1a.
For the Myrtle Beach event attendee parking is available in the parking area beside the convention center. Shuttle service will be available to assist those with limited mobility. Do not arrive early for your scheduled appointment time.
“The goal of these clinics is to vaccinate as many of our local residents as we can,” said Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune. “I appreciate our partnership with McLeod Health as we work to end COVID-19. Our City of Myrtle Beach staff, hundreds of volunteers including first responders, will work alongside of McLeod Health staff to safely and efficiently vaccinate 5,000 people in two days. We are pleased to offer this health service to our community at no charge.”
To help administer the shots, McLeod Health recruited the city of Myrtle Beach EMS and members of the National Guard, along with a group of retired nurses. All are qualified to provide the vaccine.
“This is the light at the end of the tunnel, a very long tunnel and a dark tunnel for us,” Monica Vehige, administrator for McLeod Health Seacoast, said. “We’re excited about using our community to help be part of the solution.”
A group of nursing students from Horry-Georgetown Technical College is also lending a hand.
Lorraine Aldrich with the HGTC nursing program said the students will help with all aspects of the vaccine process, from registration to monitoring patients after they’re vaccinated.
Aldrich said the students are excited for the real-world experience.
“They much prefer the engagement with people as opposed to practicing their skills in the lab or simulation settings,” she said.
McLeod Health is also hosting a mass vaccination event at Darlington Raceway on Friday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will also have 5,000 first doses for those who fall under Phase 1a in the state’s distribution plan.
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There are still appointments available for the event at Darlington Raceway. The appointments can be made online here or by calling 1-866-365-8110.
Attendees should bring their ID and driver’s license to verify your age and 1A status at each event.