SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mercy Medical Center is shifting its vaccination strategy as more and more sites move to walk in appointments.
By the end of this week, Mercy Medical Center will be closing the COVID-19 vaccine clinic for first doses at the hospital and instead distributing shots to doctors’ offices within their medical group. According to Mercy’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Roose this will help get more shots in people’s arms.
“What we are finding is there is a tremendous amount of supply and access to vaccine in the community. What we are really best served by is not having large clinics where we have high volumes, but making it accessible to where people are closest to them in their care.” Dr. Roose
Dr. Roose added that if the Pfizer vaccine gets approved for 12 to 15 year-olds, they will be ready to administer those doses to that age group.
The healthcare system’s spokeswoman Mary Orr sent 22News the following statement:
“While mindful of our Mission to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the local communities we serve, we also recognize that access to the vaccine has changed with the significant increase in locations where it is now available. As the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine shifts, Mercy Medical Center continues to adapt to the evolving needs of our community.
In effort to provide the COVID-19 vaccine in a sustainable way, Mercy Medical Center will begin transitioning away from our hospital-based Vaccine Clinic on Friday, May 14, the final day that first doses will be provided at this location. The Mercy Vaccine Clinic will continue to provide second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for those who have scheduled appointments through the first week of June.
While the pandemic has presented numerous and extraordinary challenges, we are grateful to our colleagues who have provided care and service at the Mercy Vaccine Clinic over the last six months. Our Mission calls us to serve as a “transforming, healing presence” and the members of this multidisciplinary team have not only fulfilled this commitment, they have also provided an invaluable service to the local community.”