Baptist Health Hardin announced that its telephone system experienced excessive call volumes that interrupted normal business today. Many of the inquiries were related to the availability of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Many people were attempting to determine the availability or schedule a shot as Phase 1B of the priority list approaches. Group 1A placed first priority for shots with healthcare providers and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The next phase covers first responders, kindergarten through 12th grade school personnel and anyone older than 70.
In a statement issued at 5 p.m. Wednesday, the hospital said the vaccination schedule is full for the next two weeks and no walk-in vaccinations are available.
“We share the community’s excitement over the vaccine’s availability and the promise it brings to end the pandemic. Thank you for your help in ceasing vaccine calls. We will use every vaccine we receive to get every community member we can protected and we will do that as quickly as possible,” said Steve White, Baptist Health Hardin’s assistant vice president of operations. “In the meantime, visit our website hmh.net for the latest information. Calls to all physician offices and Hardin facilities can be made and completed as usual.”
The statement said the latest information about vaccine availability will be posted on hmh.net.