Healthcare facilities see less foot traffic for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations

AUGUSTA, Ga (WJBF)- CSRA health facilities are seeing less foot traffic for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Many facilities are even closing testing sites and offering home testing.

“We are seeing more cases of flu and strep throat than we have with COVID.” Said Kate Vanilovich, operations manager for Martinez Urgent Care.

Kate Vanilovich of Martinez Urgent Care says their facility has seen a decrease in positive COVID cases since the start of the year, and the majority of people who come in to be tested for COVID are negative.

“More recently, the majority of our Covid cases that we’ve seen have been vaccinated, so vaccination status doesn’t really matter.” said Vanilovitch.

Barney’s Pharmacy only distributes the Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccine. They also distribute fewer vaccines and only offer them two days a week.

“It’s gotten less and less each time, but we find that giving them two days a week tends to make sure we don’t have to waste vaccines when we’ve been giving them every day, we’ll have a few people that come in here and there and so a lot was wasted,” said Amanda Reddic, a pharmacist at Barneys Pharmacy.

Both facilities expect to see an increase in COVID testing and vaccinations toward the summer, when people tend to go on vacation. Reddic says that’s when booster shots also increase.

“People who want the vaccine have come and gone and people who are pro vaccine are mostly already vaccinated We’ve seen some people now that travel is reopening they want to travel so they’re going to come and get the vaccine now as ‘previously they didn’t want it,’ Reddic said.

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