Drive-thru COVID vaccine clinic opens at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital
This week, Rochester Regional Health began providing the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to its primary care patients who are age 75 and older. The system is directly calling patients in this group to schedule appointments at COVID-19 vaccine clinics located throughout Greater Rochester. One of Rochester Regional’s clinics is located at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital and it began vaccinating patients in this group Wednesday.
The clinics are by appointment only. The health system has been selecting, at random, patients age 75 and older who are enrolled in primary care practices owned by or affiliated with Rochester Regional Health. When a patient is selected, a Rochester Regional Health representative calls the patient and schedules their vaccine appointment.
This week, Rochester Regional is on track to administer 1,200 vaccinations for patients age 75 and older.
Per the latest guidance from New York State, Rochester Regional Health will expand this process to include patients age 65 years and older beginning next week.
“By randomly selecting patients from the eligible age group, we are ensuring fair and equal access,” explained Stephanie Dodd, RN, Director of Nursing for Rochester Regional Health. “It also makes it easier for patients. If you go to a primary care practice owned by or affiliated with Rochester Regional Health and you are in the eligible age group, someone from our central office will call you when the vaccine is available to you and help make your appointment.”
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