Access Control at COVID Testing and Vaccination Sites

Reflecting a phenomenon seen throughout Florida and across the country, there is high demand for COVID testing in the Tampa Bay area. To meet the demand, Hillsborough County has launched three testing new sites, the most recent being this week. The latest drive-through testing site is on the Brandon Campus of Hillsborough Community College, located at 10451 Nancy Watkins Drive. 

The average wait time to receive a test is about 1½ hours, which keeps people onsite for long enough to warrant security concerns. Likewise, many local vaccination sites have similarly long wait times. 

For that reason, we suggest that local COVID testing and vaccination sites consider implementing an electronic access control solution. Here’s what access control can help with.  

HIPAA Compliance for COVID Testing 

COVID testing and vaccination are services provided by healthcare professionals, and the administrative team may not be affiliated with the patient’s primary care provider. However, patient privacy remains just as important. 

To ensure a COVID testing or vaccintation site is adhering to HIPAA laws, site managers can safeguard the personal identifying information and medical data of citizens by storing all paperwork and digital devices in an area that is protected by access control.

Electronic access control can ensure HIPAA compliance in this environment, by keeping restricted areas locked so that sensitive patient information is protected. 

Security of COVID Testing Supplies 

During the Omicron surge, many COVID-related supplies are extremely susceptible to theft. These include: 

  • COVID testing kits.
  • Vaccination kits.
  • Sterilization tools.
  • Moveable equipment.

If these valuable assets are left in an open testing area overnight, there’s no guarantee they will be there in the morning. To ensure they remain secure overnight, the items should be stored in a room protected by electronic access control. 

Managing COVID Clinic Access Control 

Access control credentials can be issued to unlimited clinical staff members. We make it easy to assign various permissions levels for each user, and an administrator can activate or deactivate user credentials from any device with an internet connection. 

The system also allows for on-demand access reports, which can be verified when an administrator views the corresponding, timestamped video. If you are a site manager, and this setup is not present at your COVID testing or vaccination clinic in Tampa or a surrounding community, ask us for more information. We look forward to helping you provide a more secure service location. 

About Security Lock Systems 

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