U-BHD revises schedule to accommodate vaccinations

To the Citizens of Upshur County:

Below you will find the revised current scheduling for the Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department.

Due to contact tracing and vaccination requirements, the Health Department cannot take calls at this time.  Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., calls will be taken through the Upshur County Department of Homeland Security Emergency Management (DHSEM) Office at (304) 472-4983, where your name will be placed on a waiting list.

Wednesdays, we will be calling patients who are on the waiting list and eligible to receive a vaccine, per the Governor’s guidelines, as of Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. and putting them on an appointment list.

Thursdays and Fridays, we will be conducting vaccine clinics for whatever age group we are in at the time. The Upshur-Buckhannon Health Department will be CLOSED to any other business transactions; our phone lines will be silenced. Again, please contact Upshur County DHSEM at (304) 472-4983 to be placed on the waiting list for the next week. We cannot answer phones and give vaccines; we must prioritize. The priority is to give vaccines.

We understand your frustration, but to pull off a successful vaccine clinic, we must pre-plan, and this is the best way to deal with the ever-changing guidelines.

We never know how many doses of vaccine we will be getting, so if you are told there is no vaccine here, that is correct. We never know the time of delivery, so we cannot answer specific questions.

Licensed Professionals, Chiropractors, Supreme Court Personnel, Dentists, Elected Government (City and County), Eye Doctors, Physical Therapists, etc.: When your group is eligible for vaccine, you will obtain your vaccine from a Pharmacy. We are not aware of what pharmacy you will be using, that is to come from your Licensure Board, or Governing Board.

We are doing our best to serve our Community, and we need your assistance for a flawless approach.

In the last three days (including Friday, Jan. 8, 2021), we will have given 225 doses of vaccine to the groups we have been instructed to vaccinate. It has taken 10 people to do this, and we have had to enlist the help of others, as we do not have that many staff. Thus, the reason to prioritize. We either answer phones, or we give vaccines; we want to protect those who desire the protection.

Our vaccine clinic went smoothly on Thursday, Jan. 7, with no long waiting times, no traffic jams, and no reactions to the vaccine. We need your cooperation to accomplish these tasks. Please adhere to the above scheduling that is currently in effect.

Stay Safe,

Sue McKisic, RN