Williamson Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Statement

December 18, 2020

Williamson Medical Center (WMC) team members on the frontlines of COVID-19 care participated in a historic moment this afternoon, receiving the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Williamson County.

Physicians Tufik Assad, M.D., M.S.C.I., and Uchechukwu Sampson, M.D., were the first staff members vaccinated. Assad, Medical Director of Critical Care and Pulmonologist and Sampson, a Hospitalist and Internist, have been among health providers providing care for COVID-19 patients at WMC since March.

Uchechukwu Sampson, M.D
Uchechukwu Sampson, M.D
Tufik Assad, M.D., M.S.C.I.
Tufik Assad, M.D., M.S.C.I.

“I have a lot of emotions, but mostly I am really excited to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Assad. “People need to drop their fears and concerns and trust the health experts, and just get it. This is what we’ve been waiting for to get us to the point of herd immunity where we can get our lives back closer to normal.”

“It is important to take this seriously,” said Sampson. “Please get vaccinated when you can. It is our duty. We are fighting a war and we all need to join together as a nation and as a community.”

WMC received 975 vaccine doses to be administered to WMC emergency medical services personnel and inpatient hospital team members who have direct exposure to COVID-19 inpatients or associated infectious materials, as prioritized per Phase Tier 1a in the Tennessee Health Department’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for Tennessee.

The vaccine requires two immunization rounds, so employees receiving the first dose will then be scheduled to receive a second dose in three weeks. It may take up to 35 days to achieve immunity following receipt of the second vaccine dose. Eligible staff members signed up to receive the vaccine at no cost. While not mandatory, WMC is encouraging medical and support staff to be vaccinated for their own protection, as well as in support of the larger effort to manage the COVID-19 health crisis.

To stay informed about COVID-19 visit www.CDC.gov or call the Tennessee Department of Health patient hotline at 877-857-2945 with questions.

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ABOUT WILLIAMSON MEDICAL CENTER
Williamson Medical Center is a 203-bed hospital and health system offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, preventive health screenings and wellness activities. Services offered by Williamson Medical Center are developed to provide the most cost-effective, convenient and accessible healthcare possible. More than 750 providers represent over 70 medical specialties and sub-specialties. The caliber of physicians and care at Williamson Medical Center continues to advance the way healthcare is delivered to our region with compassion and convenience unique to Williamson Medical. Our campus also houses Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center, which provides pediatric emergent and inpatient care, and the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee – the region’s premiere destination for orthopaedic excellence. In addition, WMC’s Williamson Medical Group includes over 35 providers offering everything from primary care to surgery to pulmonary and sleep medicine. For more information, visit www.WilliamsonMedicalCenter.org.

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