Hi Ed,


At our vaccination sites we are doing drive through and have separated an area of the parking lot where people sit for 15 or 30 minutes, depending on risk. Post it notes are affixed to the windshield at the time of immunization which indicate when the clock started, and a different color post it note is used for 30 minutes vs 15. We have staff monitoring the observation area and instruct the vacinee to honk the horn if they need help. They are also told to keep all windows open and the doors unlocked. The weather here in Phoenix, not unlike that in Charleston, allows us to do this without problem.


Stay safe and Stay healthy,



Ron Teichman, M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM, FACP

Division Medical Director

Banner Occupational Health and Wellness

1300 N. 12th Street, Suite 610

Phoenix, AZ 85006



From: MCOH-EH <mcoh-eh-bounces+ron.teichman=bannerhealth.com@mylist.net> On Behalf Of Galaid Edward I
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [MCOH-EH] Survey: COVID Vaccine administration/15 minute observation period


Cross posting in OEM list and MCOH:




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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