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Local nurse stresses the importance of COVID-19 testing following vaccination

Posted at 11:08 AM, Apr 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-08 14:08:32-04

For more than 20 years, Melissa Palmer has been a registered nurse. From the emergency room to case management, Palmer's focus as a nurse has shifted since the onset of the pandemic. She's been administering COVID-19 tests at the Paso Robles testing location for the last four months.

"I feel like there is a huge demand for community outreach and testing," Palmer said.

While communities open up more opportunities for vaccines, Palmer wants locals to know that even after a vaccination, it is important to continue to receive COVID-19 tests.

"I feel like this role in my testing site RN position has given me a new setting on having people get through, get tested," Palmer said. "There's still a need for testing and there's still a need for awareness about vaccinations and testing," Palmer said.

According to the CDC, those who have been vaccinated should get tested if COVID-19 symptoms develop.

Palmer says the testing site she works at still sees about 100 patients per day, and patients are able to perform the tests on themselves under a nurse's supervision.

For details on testing locations and hours, click here.