KCH dry run of mass vaccine clinic a success

  • Maria Mundell, RN educator reviews electronic medical records Thursday at Kona Community Hospital’s mock vaccine clinic. Courtesy Photo

On Thursday, Kona Community Hospital (KCH) conducted a successful trial run COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

The clinic, which was run in real-time, tested processes for the hospital’s large scale vaccination campaign that is slated to launch upon emergency use approval by the FDA of a COVID-19 vaccine.

“Thursday’s run-through was very successful. Employees from Registration, nursing, education and IT all took part in the mock clinic. This allowed us to identify a few gaps and tighten up our processes,” said Lisa Downing, RN, BSN, Employee Health and Infection Prevention Director.

The hospital will be providing vaccinations to all West Hawaii Region employees, including those at Kona Community Hospital, Kohala Hospital, the Kona Ambulatory Surgery Center and affiliated staff at Alii Health Center.

“I am so proud of our team,” Downing said, “We are ready to manage a mass vaccination clinic for healthcare workers, and ultimately our community, if needed.”

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