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Hospital making wait list for vaccine

Memorial Health System in Marietta is working on getting people signed up for the COVID-19 vaccine and have people ready to receive it as supplies allow.

As COVID-19 vaccinations slowly but steadily become available, Memorial Health System will continue to follow the vaccine distribution guidelines as put forth by the Ohio State Government, according to a press release from MHS.

“We understand and appreciate the importance of this vaccine and its distribution,” the press release said. “We wish to keep our community updated as well as we can.”

The guidelines are intended to prioritize vaccination efforts for those in the community who are the most at-risk, beginning with people 80 years of age or older and gradually moving down based on age and ongoing health conditions that may complicate a COVID-19 infection.

“Due to the high demand of the vaccine, the shipments we receive are unfortunately unpredictable, but we do expect a minimum number of vaccines each week,” the press release said. “As we receive these doses, we will update our distribution plan and share our process every step of the way.”

Each Monday, MHS will post new information about the vaccination clinics available that week on its Facebook page and on its website at mystem.org/coronavirus.

“We believe that, although the flow of vaccine doses is not moving as quickly as we would all like, this is still a time of incredible optimism,” the press release said. “We will strive to distribute as many doses as possible within our community.

“Already, our clinics this week have made over 400 appointments for at-risk patients who desire the vaccine. We have implemented a wait list at mhsystem.org/coronavirus, where you can complete a form to be added to a waiting list for the vaccine.”

As time slots open, MHS staff will call qualified individuals to set their appointment. This is the easiest way to sign up for a vaccine. MHS will set appointments with those on the list based on availability and the distribution guidelines, so it isn’t incumbent on the patients to watch for clinic availability.

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