DHEC rolling out new strategy to guide COVID-19 vaccine appointments

The brand new on-line device will enable individuals to instantly schedule appointments on-line or over the telephone.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — DHEC has introduced they’re rolling out a brand new, simpler strategy to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments statewide. 

The launch comes after many have known as the present system in place, VAMS, troublesome and complicated. 

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The brand new approach, known as the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment System, or CVAS,  is an internet device DHEC says is extra user-friendly than the one South Carolina at the moment has.

“We’re doing a sluggish roll out of that system. We’re actually piloting it with a few of our well being departments,” defined DHEC’s Senior Deputy for Public Well being, Nick Davidson. 

Davidson mentioned the company launched the brand new appointment system this week for just a few vaccine clinic occasions.

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“The great thing about that system is that it permits direct entry to a shopper to select a location, choose a time throughout the day that’s out there and make the appointment,” mentioned Davidson.

The problem with the present strategy to guide appointments, via a system known as VAMS, is that individuals eligible for the shot must first register on-line, after which look ahead to an e-mail that invitations them to make an appointment.

With CVAS, individuals will be capable of make vaccine appointments instantly on-line. Plus, it’ll enable DHEC’s name heart operators to guide appointments for those that name and don’t have web entry.

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“We’re beginning small as a result of we need to ensure we do it nicely, and that we work out any bugs within the system,” Davidson mentioned. 

He added that they may proceed including extra appointments to the system, which is able to most certainly be for vaccine clinic occasions sponsored DHEC.  

Davidson mentioned about 2,800 appointments have been made up to now with the brand new program. 

Individuals can go to DHEC’s Vaccine Location Net Map to seek out the place they will make appointments on-line or name their vaccine info quantity at 1-866-365-8110. The telephone line is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

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