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Waldo County General Hospital praised for efficient vaccination process

By Kendra Caruso | Feb 15, 2021
Photo by: Jenifer Harris Muriel Willman gets a coronavirus shot at Waldo County General Hospital Jan. 27. The hospital is now holding a vaccination clinic at the former MBNA building, 21 Schoodic Drive, Belfast.

Belfast — Waldo County General Hospital had given over 2,133 COVID-19 vaccinations to patients as of Feb. 11 for that week and none of them had had a severe reaction, according to Senior Director of Operations Denise Needham.

Patients receiving coronavirus shots through WCGH have been impressed with the hospital’s system of getting patients through the process in a timely manner.

Janie Stockwell Morrison wrote under a post on the hospital's Facebook page Feb. 12 “We got our first doses in Belfast today. Everyone was so kind and everything was well organized. Thank you to everyone who helped us today.”

The staff has developed a system that gets patients vaccinated and out the door within 25 to 30 minutes from the time they first enter the former MBNA building at 21 Schoodic Drive, Needham said. Some patients who need to be observed for 30 minutes rather than the typical 15 minutes spend more time inside the facility.

Patients are not allowed in the building more than 10 minutes before their appointment, she said. And they must wear face masks and use hand sanitizer upon entry, then hospital staff asks questions about COVID-19 symptoms they may be experiencing.

Patients who are experiencing any symptoms of illness, including fever, prior to their appointment are asked to reschedule. The MaineHealth call center will work with affected patients to reschedule their appointment. The clinic has no problems with patients challenging its protocols.

There are up to 25 hospital staff members helping to run the clinic, she said, and all of them have appropriate personal protective equipment, depending on their level of interaction with the public. All staff must wear masks and use hand sanitizer often.

The hospital receives a certain number of doses per week depending on what the state gives it, Needham said. The number of doses the hospital will receive for the week is determined on the Thursday prior.

Patients are scheduled according to how many doses the hospital gets, she said. The hospital does not plan to stop administering vaccinations until everyone in the community who wants to be is vaccinated. “Everybody in the community that wants one,” she said. “That’s our hope.”

At present, only people over 70 are eligible for the vaccine, but everyone is encouraged to preregister for a vaccination appointment so they are already on the waiting list when all age groups are eligible, which is expected to be in June. For more information about how to sign up to receive the shots, call 877-780-7545.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: William Kulbe | Feb 16, 2021 09:36

(Jill Kulbe). I too want to compliment Waldo County Hospital and its employees for providing a flawless vaccination experience.  They were efficient and professional and also beyond helpful and friendly.  I was there on Feb.4th and look forward to March 4th and my husband also reported the same level of satisfaction on Feb. 6th.  Thank you to all.

Posted by: Virgil Fowles Jr | Feb 16, 2021 09:36

Had mine on Feb. 6 at old MBNA in and out and back on the road in 20 min...very well set up and organized..



Posted by: Judith Inman | Feb 16, 2021 08:12

I received my first shot on February 4th.  Extremely efficient from the time you walk up to the security station.  The employees were all very pleasant and the process fast and easy.  Not a frown in the building!!  Thank you WCGH. See you again on March 4!

Posted by: from the kitchen | Feb 16, 2021 05:24

We received our first shots Feb 12. One of the safest and most efficient processes. Kudos.

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