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West Columbia, S.C. –Lexington Medical Center is pleased to announce a partnership with Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia to administer COVID-19 vaccines to eligible community members.
“Lexington Medical Center is incredibly thankful to Brookland Baptist Church for joining forces with our hospital to vaccinate community members,” said Tod Augsburger, president & CEO of Lexington Medical Center. “We want to vaccinate as many people as possible against the COVID-19 virus and are grateful for the support of community partners as we work to keep everyone healthy and safe.”
Vaccinations at the church started on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Lexington Medical Center clinicians will administer doses inside the church’s Health and Wellness Center Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. This move allows Lexington Medical Center to increase vaccination volumes significantly as allocations increase.
“There is no greater service we can provide to our community members during these unprecedented times than to vaccinate them against COVID-19. That’s why Brookland Baptist Church is pleased to partner with Lexington Medical Center,” Reverend Dr. Charles B. Jackson Sr., senior pastor of Brookland Baptist Church, said. “Educating and encouraging our citizens to receive the vaccination are our top priorities. We’re committed to doing whatever we can to help stop the spread of this virus and save lives.”
South Carolina is opening phase 1B of vaccinations on March 8. For a full list of who is eligible to receive a vaccine in 1B, go to https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine.
There are two ways to sign up. Go to LexMed.com/vaccine and click on “Request Form” to register for the vaccine by providing information including name, date of birth and email address. Lexington Medical Center will upload the email addresses to the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). Then, individuals will receive an email from VAMS allowing them to complete their registration and schedule a date and time for a vaccine appointment.
Individuals in Group 1B who do not have email or access to a computer can call (803) 739 – 3363 Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A Lexington Medical Center representative will assist them with scheduling an appointment, even if they do not have an email address.
Upon arriving for a vaccine appointment, individuals will need to present a driver’s license or identification card. All people receiving a vaccine must qualify under the current guidelines outlined by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Brookland Baptist Church is located at 1066 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia.
South Carolina receives vaccines weekly. Appointments are subject to cancellation based on vaccines received from the federal government.
To date, Lexington Medical Center has administered more than 37,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
About Lexington Medical Center
Lexington Medical Center is a 557-bed hospital in West Columbia, South Carolina. It anchors a health care network that includes three community medical centers and employs a staff of more than 7,000 health care professionals. The network includes a cardiovascular program recognized by the American College of Cardiology as South Carolina’s first HeartCARE Centerä and a cancer program affiliated with Duke Health. The network also has an occupational health center, the largest skilled nursing facility in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer’s care center and 70 physician practices. Lexington Medical Center operates one of the busiest Emergency departments in South Carolina, treating nearly 100,000 patients each year. The hospital delivers more than 4,000 babies each year and performs more than 25,000 surgeries.