Williamson Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Statement
December 16, 2020
Williamson Medical Center (WMC) is among the list of Tennessee hospitals slated to receive the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. WMC has been working closely with the Tennessee Department of Health and CDC in preparation for receipt of 975 vaccine doses, which will 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.
WMC will be following protocols in place by Pfizer and the Tennessee Department of Health regarding the storage, prioritization and administration schedule of vaccine doses received. 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 have been provided the opportunity to sign 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.
COVID-19 case numbers across the state and at WMC continue to fluctuate daily. Last week, our highest peak of COVID-19 inpatients was 40 and the start of this week’s COVID-19 inpatients was 36. WMC continues to follow the enhanced safety protocols in place to protect our patients and staff while serving the community’s healthcare needs. It is crucial that patients not delay routine or urgent medical care.
Until vaccines are available for the greater community and a large portion of the public has been vaccinated, the most effective way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is continuing to follow CDC-recommended safety measures including social distancing, wearing cloth face coverings by those over two years of age in public settings where social distancing measures are challenging, proper hygiene including washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer when necessary, and the cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.
As always, your health is our priority. 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.
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.
Angie VanTassell, Mike Alday | Alday Public Relations
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