Drive-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic ends just after opening – WBTW

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A drive-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at North Myrtle Beach High School has already run out of vaccine vouchers shortly after opening.

The clinic was supposed to be open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., but the clinic has handed out the last voucher at 8:45 a.m.

A line of cars began to form around 8:30 a.m. and shortly after the last voucher was handed out.

McLeod Health workers gave the first 1,800 people in line a voucher to come back today to receive the vaccine inside the high school. Those who come who don’t have a voucher, will not be able to receive a vaccine today.

Those who did receive a vaccine today, say they arrived hours early, some at 6am.

“I got here in the morning at 7 oclock to be line to get the voucher,” said Park Schimp.

The clinic was open to all in PHASE 1A, which includes elderly people over 70 and healthcare workers.

Schimp along with many others in phase 1A who received the vaccine today, say they feel lucky to have gotten it.

“I think it’s a step in the right direction and I look forward to the second shot in a couple weeks,” Schimp said.

“I’m so happy to be here getting my shot, I’m elated,” Helene Mahan said. “I’ve been very depressed with this and afraid and now I just feel like a new lease on life, I’m very happy to be here.” 

76-year-old Mickey Lienau said, “I know I’m susceptible and it’s great for me and it’s great for people my age and around me.”

Lienau added that, “I’m scared. That’s it, I’m scared. I think it’s a lifesaver.”

Those who received a vaccine today need to come back in 21 days to North Myrtle Beach High School for their second dose.

McLeod Health told News13 that they plan on hosting another event in the Carolina Forest area next weekend.

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