HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Want to get a COVID-19 vaccination but don’t have an appointment?
McLeod Seacoast hosted the first of two walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Wednesday at the Myrtle Beach Mall, with another planned for Thursday.
Thursday’s clinic will take place in Loris at the Center for Health and Fitness located at 3207 Casey St., from 9 a.m. until noon.
Both clinics are for those looking to get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Vaccines were available on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Literally this morning my best friend face timed me and was like, ‘Hey, my dad is taking us to get vaccinated, do you want to come,’” said Grace Cohoon after receiving the first dose.
Cohoon is a senior at Waccamaw High School and works at Starbucks.
She’s said she’s been busy and hasn’t found time to schedule an appointment for her coronavirus vaccine.
That was until her friend told her she didn’t need one. In fact, Grace was in and out of the clinic within about a half-hour.
“This was literally just a walk-in,” said Cohoon. “It was so easy and I’m so glad to just have it done. I need to come back, but, first step.”
Not having to schedule in advance worked out for Steven Rumbaugh, too.
“I work at night and I was looking online for when the vaccine was available,” said Rumbaugh. “I saw it was available today and went ahead to start getting it taken care of.”
McLeod Health is hoping the convenience of walk-in vaccines will encourage people to find the time to get one.
“We’ve had a nice, steady flow of people coming in,” said Kelly Hughes, McLeod Health Director of Communications and Public Information. “Most people are apprehensive until we convince them that it’s true. They can come right on in and get their vaccine.”
McLeod is scheduling second doses as well for anyone who walks in, and those overdue for a second dose can walk in as well.
Officials also said an ID is helpful to verify age, but not required.
“I feel like, as we move forward, so long as the supply is available and we can meet the demand, walk-ins will be the way we go in the future,” said Hughes. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”