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Washington Regional Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

Washington Regional today received 975 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which was recently approved for emergency use by the FDA. The 975 doses have been prioritized for team members with the greatest risk of exposure to COVID-19. These frontline workers will receive their vaccines during drive-through vaccination events throughout the next week.

“Within the next 24 hours, Washington Regional will begin using its allotment to vaccinate physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, environmental services team members and others who work with patients being evaluated or treated for COVID-19,” said Washington Regional President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Shackelford.

Washington Regional anticipates additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all team members over the coming months.

“As health care providers, we all know the devastating impact this virus has had on our community and the compelling need to bring the pandemic to heel,” said Washington Regional Chief Medical Officer David Ratcliff, MD. “It is imperative that all members of society be vaccinated for our nation, state and community to put this pandemic behind us.”

While a vaccine offers hope that our lives will return to some sense of normalcy, our community must remain vigilant. To keep our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, we urge the community to continue following the simple public health measures that have been recommended since spring: wear a mask, wash your hands, watch your distance and avoid large gatherings, especially as we head into the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.