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SAPA conducts pilot study for drive-through vaccines

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A pi­lot study is be­ing done to test the fea­si­bil­i­ty of mak­ing the South­ern Acad­e­my for the Per­form­ing Arts (SAPA) a mass dri­ve-through vac­ci­na­tion site. 

Speak­ing to re­porters at SAPA yes­ter­day, South­west Re­gion­al Health Au­thor­i­ty (SWRHA) CEO Dr Bri­an Ar­mour said two pi­lot stud­ies were done on Mon­day and Tues­day to de­ter­mine whether it was fea­si­ble to have dri­ve-through vac­ci­na­tions at SAPA twice per week.

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Asked whether this would be rolled out in the near fu­ture, Ar­mour said it was too ear­ly to say. He ex­plained that the pi­lot study was show­ing favourable re­sults.

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How­ev­er, he said the find­ings will have to be as­sessed by the Min­istry of Health and its team be­fore any de­ci­sion could be tak­en.

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With re­gard to re­ports that peo­ple had been turned away from a mass vac­ci­na­tion site at Pow­er­gen, Pe­nal, Ar­mour said there was an in­ci­dent where about 40 peo­ple went to the site with­out ap­point­ments.

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He said some were ac­com­mo­dat­ed but oth­ers were told to re­turn af­ter mak­ing ap­point­ments.

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Ar­mour al­so said the web­site for ap­point­ments was heav­i­ly traf­ficked and once health cen­tre ap­point­ments are booked for a par­tic­u­lar area, then fur­ther ap­point­ments will be put on hold pend­ing the avail­abil­i­ty of space. He said peo­ple al­so have the op­tion to go to a cen­tre to make an ap­point­ment if they could not get through with the on­line ap­point­ments. 

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