(Joplin, MO) – Freeman Health System announces drive-thru vaccinations. Sixty, first-dose vaccination appointments will be offered every other week. At the first clinic on Tuesday, April 27, thirty-five people booked appointments and were vaccinated for COVID-19.
“We just started offering the drive-thru vaccinations, and it has gone very well,” said Jessica Liberty, Freeman Infection Prevention and Control Manager. “Our staff has become very efficient at the same site doing drive-thru COVID-19 testing. This new system allows residents to schedule an appointment in a similar way to scheduling a COVID-19 test.”
“Recent, large vaccination clinics that offered hundreds of shots in one day, often had openings left unused,” said Jeff Thompson, Freeman Chief Clinical Officer. “A drive-thru system will offer more convenience to patients and hopefully increase the number of those seeking vaccination.”
Those wanting a vaccination can call 417.502.SHOT to register for the vaccine or they can pre-register online at freemanhealth.com/service/covid-19. Pre-registration will prompt a return call from a Freeman employee to schedule a vaccination appointment.
About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2020, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report named Freeman Health System the Best Hospital in Southwest Missouri for 2020-2021. With more than 320 physicians on staff representing more than 80 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit freemanhealth.com.
Lisa Olliges, Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator
Freeman Health System