Case Studies of Drive-Thru Vaccination Clinics in the U.S.

Two case studies of drive-thru vaccination clinics in the US include those in offered by San Mateo County and Nueces County.

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1. San Mateo County Event Center

  • San Mateo County began running a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on January 11, 2021, which was made available to eligible health care workers and vulnerable residents under Phase 1A of the state’s vaccine distribution guidelines.
  • These include “those at risk of COVID-19 through work at health care or long-term care settings (including non-clinical staff), and residents of nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and long-term care settings for older or vulnerable individuals.”
  • The county, which uses the Moderna vaccine, is reaching out to those eligible only through appointment, requiring them to complete an online form to confirm eligibility. Those who will be eligible after eligibility is confirmed will then visit the drive-thru vaccination center.
  • After confirmation of eligibility, the candidates drive up to the center, where they are not required to get out of their cars. They are then vaccinated when their turn comes and are required to wait for at least fifteen minutes to allow healthcare workers to monitor them for any side effects.
  • San Mateo County drive-thru vaccination center drive-thru is open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.
  • Although details about the number and type of staff running the clinic is not available, Bill Silverfarb, policy adviser to Canepa noted that “the clinic is expected to continue as long as there are vaccine doses available. The second vaccination dose will be available in four weeks via a similar clinic.”
  • The San Mateo drive-thru vaccination clinic is located at San Mateo County Event Center at 1346 Saratoga Drive in.

2. Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds

  • As part of Nueces County’s mass COVID-19 vaccination plan, Robstown issued 4,000 COVID-19 vaccines on January 11, 2021, an operation that ended the following day at 3 PM.
  • A similar round of 4,000 vaccines are scheduled to be issued on 19, January 2021.
  • Patients falling in the eligible group were vaccinated upon onsite registration on a first come first serve basis. Another limited number of people were also scheduled for vaccination through online pre-registration.
  • The drive through was scheduled to offer 1,000 vaccines every day. This is in a move to control the flow of the vaccine. Of the 1000 vaccines, 500 were to be administered to those who have been eligible through online pre-registration. Another 500 will be administered to those who register themselves on site.
  • The working hours will be based on the arrival time of the vaccine.
  • The drive-thru opens on the basis of availability of the vaccine. Any day and any time. Thus no specific day and time for the roll out of the vaccination shots.
  • Although details about the number and type of staff running the clinic is not available, a majority of workers at the drive through center are experienced heath-care workers from Nueces County.
  • The drive-thru clinic is located at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown.
Glenn is the Lead Operations Research Analyst at The Digital Momentum with experience in research, statistical data analysis and interview techniques. A holder of degree in Economics. A true specialist in quantitative and qualitative research.

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