Joyce Bliss sat again in her chair and felt relieved.
“It’s over and primary’s carried out with,” she mentioned.
The 89-year-old simply obtained her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination on the Gary & Mary West PACE vaccination pod in San Marcos. Bliss mentioned she made the appointment Monday by calling 211.
“For the easy individuals!” she joked.
Under no circumstances is Bliss easy, however neither is the web for some individuals.
“It’s not, I don’t prefer it. My mind doesn’t prefer it,” Bliss mentioned whereas slapping her head.
“It’s an important instance of a private and non-private partnership,” Tim Lash mentioned about working with 211.
Lash is the CEO of Gary & Mary West PACE, a medical group centered on the well being and wellbeing of space seniors.
“There was no guidebook or roadmap on methods to vaccinate your manner out of a pandemic,” mentioned Lash.
Gary & Mary West PACE opened their vaccination pod Feb. 11. Lash mentioned they visited different vaccination websites to see what labored and what didn’t work. He mentioned they settled on a walk-up format and partnered with 211 to deal with all of their appointments. Lash mentioned their shoppers would discover it simpler to register for an appointment via a voice on the telephone as a substitute of on a web site.
“It’s very simple as a result of anyone was doing it for me,” mentioned Bliss.
“The entire data is collected by 211 after which we prepopulate the shape in order that after they arrive there may be little or no paperwork for them to fill out,” added Lash.
He mentioned 211 operators may additionally assist prepare free transportation to the vaccination pod or prepare appointments at different vaccination websites. Nonetheless, Lash mentioned they’ve roughly 100 slots this week, and a whole lot extra within the following weeks out there in San Marcos. He mentioned they hope to schedule sufficient appointments sooner or later to do 500 vaccinations a day.
“There’s a lightweight on the finish of the tunnel and it’s such a privilege to be a part of it,” mentioned Lash.