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

Denece O Kesler DKesler at salud.unm.edu
Mon Jan 4 11:19:00 PST 2021

Currently, we also use the 15 minutes for all except those with a history of prior anaphylaxis who wait 30 minutes.

On Jan 4, 2021, at 12:00 PM, Tara Dockery <tdockery at oceanbeachhospital.com> wrote:

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We time the staff for the 15 minute waiting period, and have had a 30 minute waiting period for staff with a history of reaction so they can be monitored more closely.
Has gone well so far, reactions have been minimal


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We follow the 15 minute waiting period. It is an on your honor system though. The employees keep their own time and leave when 15 minutes is up.

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

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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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