Behind the Curtain at Shenandoah University’s COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site
4 February 2021
We pre-recorded today’s conversation via Zoom to learn the details about the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Shenandoah University with Mitch Moore, SU’s senior vice-president.
Mitch explained the partnership between the university, Lord Fairfax Health District and Valley Health. We talked about the processes in place for distributing the vaccine and the logistics to pull the entire thing together.
This clinic is the largest of the four clinics in partnership with Valley Health and opened in mid-January. They vaccinate between 1500-2500 people per day getting them out the door in many cases in less than 30 minutes. Post-shot patients are required to wait at least 15 minutes before leaving the site and are treated to live music and in some cases able to watch the various sports teams during their practice.
We also talked about how James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center was practically built for administering mass vaccinations. The 77,000-square-foot indoor athletic facility is the largest space within 70 miles of Winchester. It serves the university’s 22 athletics teams, the entire university community, and the local and regional communities. It also serves as the location for the university’s saliva-based surveillance testing program.
Appointments are made through Valley Health – which has distributed more than 30,000 doses throughout their four clinics. You can get details about an appointment here: https://www.valleyhealthlink.com/patients-visitors/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/covid-19-vaccinations/
For questions about the vaccination process at Shenandoah University, visit the FAQ page on their website: https://www.su.edu/covid/community-vaccination-frequently-asked-questions/
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