After about a year of enduring a raging pandemic, there’s finally a vaccine, but distributing said vaccine to millions of people poses a whole new set of challenges. To help overcome these challenges The Boldt Company introduced a series of prefabricated units that can essentially be used as pop-up vaccination sites.
Dubbed VaxMod, the units were designed by architectural firm Boulder Associates based on insight provided by healthcare providers and public health experts. The interior layouts of the units allow 27 staff members to administer over 1,100 vaccines in just eight hours. These figures amount to a 39% increase in administered vaccines using 7% fewer people than the CDC’s model vaccination clinic.
VaxMod’s design efficiently funnels patients from one point of entry to private cubicles while also allowing for walk-in, drive-thru, and in-vehicle vaccinations. The units span 42 by 14 feet and include a break room and locker room for healthcare staff. They also feature several different layouts to cater to individual needs. Even better, they can be connected to one another to increase the number of treatment sites.
The units can be easily transported via semi-truck and delivered virtually anywhere they’re needed, potentially increasing vaccine access to hundreds of rural, low-income, and other communities without easy access to a vaccination center.
In addition to providing the vaccine to more people, these units can also provide jobs for the people who build them in Boldt's Appleton, Wisconsin, facility. According to Boldt’s VP of performance and innovation Will Lichtig, “[VaxMod] has the opportunity to take up to 70% of the skilled labor expended in building one of these facilities and locating it right here at home. That means safe, good-paying jobs right here rather than those jobs going out of state.”
And though the units were specially designed for use during the pandemic, they potentially have a variety of post-pandemic uses as well. For instance, they can be used as flu shot clinics, diabetic screening centers, and lab sites.
The company is planning to deliver the first of the VaxMod units in the second quarter of 2021, which hopefully means more people will get vaccinated in less time so that we can finally start putting this pandemic behind us.
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