Urgent cares, minor medical facilities seeing increase in patients getting COVID-19 vaccines

MID-SOUTH — Urgent care and minor medical facilities across the Mid-South seeing a significant increase in patients coming in to get vaccinated and get tested for COVID-19.

Medical professionals said the facilities started seeing the uptick when the spread of Delta Variant started.

Minor Medical Centers have become overwhelmed with people who not only want to get the vaccine but also know their status with a COVID test.

Jillian Foster from Baptist Medical Group told us vaccinations at Baptist Minor Medical Centers in Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee are up 100% from two weeks ago.

Baptist is seeing higher numbers of vaccinations in the 20- to 40-year-old age group, which lagged behind other groups in the beginning.

Clinics are also seeing more young women get vaccinated.

COVID-19 testing has doubled at Baptist Medical Group clinics since early July.

”Due to the COVID variant and the conversation and of course concern that has created we are getting more requests to administer the vaccine,” Foster said.

Doctors said clinics may not slow down anytime soon with school going back in session.

A medical professional also suggested more people are getting vaccinated because of the virus having fewer places to go, which makes it harder for new variants to develop.

”I know we have seen in the community a lot more questions recently about the vaccine. I do feel like just knowing and hearing that COVID 19 numbers are going up. I think it’s caused people who were hesitant at first to reconsider,” Foster said.

COVID-19 vaccine testing has doubled at Baptist Medical Group clinics since early July.

The volume has significantly increased.

A medical professional also suggested more people are getting vaccinated because of the virus having fewer places to go, which makes it harder for new variants to develop.

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