[MCOH-EH] Survey: COVID Vaccine administration/15 minute observation period

Dr. Dana Rawl darawl at lexhealth.org
Mon Jan 4 08:49:23 PST 2021

We mandate the 15 minute wait time in a small auditorium setting with observers/RNs monitoring for any reactions.

Dana Rawl, MD, MPH
Lexington Medical Center Occupational Health
3799 12th Street Extension, Suite 110
Cayce, SC 29033
darawl at lexhealth.org

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I've heard from our operations people that our immunization administration through-put  has been throttled by the 15 minute observation time.
Specifically,  the rate limiting step is clearing space for those who are being observed post-administration for that 15 minute period.
Please respond to the following,  and I will report back aggregate results:

  1.  We follow the 15 minute wait time for all who are vaccinated
  2.  We stratify need to be observed by risk of having a reaction, or someone with underlying medical conditions that might result in a more serious acute reaction
  3.  We have eliminated the waiting period.
  4.  Other solutions or comments:

Thanks for taking the time.

Ed Galaid

Edward I. Galaid, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical Director, Occupational Medicine
Roper Saint Francis Healthcare
Charleston, SC 29401
Member, ACOEM Task Group on Law Enforcement Officer Health
Special Expert, NFPA Fire Service Occupational Safety & Health (FIX-AAA) Committee


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