It’s raining outside and they are passing out umbrellas. Will you take one?
I was fortunate enough to have received my first Covid-19 vaccine and are on schedule for my second shot in the coming weeks.
Despite the negative press regarding the rollout of the vaccine here in Arizona, I was extremely impressed with the process that they have implemented here in Maricopa County.There are more than 22 public and numerous private dispensing sights across the valley.
I received my shot at one of the 5 drive-thru Point of Dispensing (POD) locations that have been set up across the Phoenix metro. The POD that I attended was set up at State Farm Stadium and has been operating 24 hours a day for weeks and will continue in this mode until enough vaccine can be acquired and distributed to pharmacies and doctors.
The entire process took about 1.5 hours from arrival to exit, which included a 15-minute post inoculation wait period afterward to screen for a reaction. The POD was well thought out, organized, and efficient.
What struck me the most about the system they put in place was that it was staffed almost entirely by volunteers. The volunteer army which has become known as the Maricopa County's Medical Reserve Corps has now grown to more than 8,000. These people have worked tirelessly in the cold, and rain to handle tasks like directing traffic, checking in recipients for appointments, and verifying eligibility for the vaccine. The shots are given by medically certified professionals like nurses, paramedics, EMTs, and doctors. Drive through tents are set up for faster distribution. You don’t even have to leave your car.
To maximize the use of the vaccine which must be used as soon as it is defrosted, volunteers are offered the vaccine at the end of the day after all vaccination appointments have been completed for that shift. This helps eliminate any waste and increases the population of vaccinated residents.
It has been a massive undertaking that I believe is going to make a huge impact on reducing the effect of the pandemic.
Hats off to the State of Arizona, Maricopa County, and to all the volunteers that gave up their time and energy to help others.
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