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Get signed up for the vaccine

Local residents may feel a sense of hope growing, as the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived, and distribution has begun. Don’t let the hope be dashed as you begin trying to get that vaccine for yourself or a loved one. The process will not be quick and easy, but by taking a few simple steps, we can do a better job of getting this done for our communities.

Among the options for getting the vaccine are Memorial Health System’s appointment-only drive-thru clinics.

“We have over 200 80-year-old and above patients signed up,” Dr. Dan Breece, vice president of physicians services and chief medical officer for MHS, said Monday.

Getting signed up is the key. If we get our places in line in an orderly fashion (just like elementary school), everything will go much more smoothly. So take advantage of the phone number available to do pre-registration work through MHS: 844-887-4148. Begin the process for making an appointment. And don’t let busy phone lines or a little bit of red tape throw you off your game. The idea is to get people started on the process so they are not disappointed later, and eventually everyone gets the vaccine.

“We are scheduling people to try to keep the flow and the efficiency of the process as controlled as we possibly can,” Breece said. Offenberger added “We don’t want people waiting in line for hours and being disappointed.”

Get the information you need, make the call, get pre-registered and get vaccinated, folks. If we don’t do this right, now, we’ve got a long road ahead.

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