Cass Regional Medical Center continues to be a force in the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic. In the weeks since the hospital was selected as a high-throughput vaccinator as part of Missouri’s revised vaccine distribution plan, Cass Regional has vaccinated thousands more area residents.
“By the end of February, we will have administered 5,143 first doses, and 1,898 second doses, of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Sara Lee, RN, Cass Regional’s infection control coordinator. “Our staff and volunteers have worked hard to ensure that the vaccine clinics are running smoothly and efficiently, and it has been very rewarding for all of us to be a vital part of this important effort.”
On Feb. 22, Cass Regional moved its vaccine clinic location from the hospital across campus to Rock Haven Medical Mall. The medical mall is owned by Montecito Medical Real Estate and the company is allowing Cass Regional to use some of the unfinished, unoccupied space in the building to conduct the clinics, free of charge.
“We are very grateful to the medical mall’s owners for their generous support of our vaccination efforts,” said Chris Lang, Cass Regional CEO. “The space is much larger than what we had in the hospital, and it will enable us to vaccinate up to 750 per day, as long as vaccine is available.”
Cass Regional is part of a four-hospital consortium that was identified as a high-volume, high-throughput COVID-19 vaccinator in Missouri. Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, and Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia are the other hospitals in the consortium. Initially, the group was slated to receive a total of 4,800 vaccine doses every other week, but as more vaccine becomes available, that amount will likely increase.
Because recent inclement weather forced the cancellation of some mass vaccination clinics, Cass Regional received additional vaccine doses this week. Between Feb. 24 and Feb. 27, the hospital is scheduled to vaccinate more than 2,000 people.
Cass Regional Medical Center continues to work with the Cass County Health Department to notify interested and eligible individuals of how and when they can schedule a first-dose vaccine appointment. For more information, visit www.cassregional.org or the hospital’s Facebook page.