Three mobile vaccination units have been deployed across Greenville County, where they have distributed 1,700 vaccinations at a half-dozen sites.
Prisma and other healthcare systems in the state started the initiative in February. Greenville’s program was funded by $1.8 million from the federal CARES Act, which was disbursed into the city.
Another seven locations are scheduled on Saturday, beginning with Heritage Elementary School in Traveler’s Rest.
According to Dr. Kerry Sease, a pediatrician who facilitates the Prisma mobile service and is the medical director of Prisma Health’s Child Health Institute, the program is intended to reach out to communities that have been unable to obtain vaccinations, such as the elderly or areas with significant Black or Hispanic populations.
The program also seeks to target those who do not have Internet access, which is often needed for vaccination appointments.
The vaccination is administered in a drive-in manner, with people staying in their cars, signing up when they arrive, receiving the vaccine, and waiting for at least 15 minutes to ensure there are no complications. Moreover, as with most vaccination services, there is no expense or insurance necessary to receive the vaccine.
Sease also stated that once vaccines are no longer needed, the trucks would be remodeled as mobile informative kitchens, summer school health care replacements, or other training purposes.