Medical City Arlington Caregivers Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
By Medical City Communications
Posted on December 18, 2020, December 18, 2020

 Chinenye Akaluso, MD, an anesthesiologist (right), was first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. (Courtesy: Medical City)

Medical City Healthcare has started administering the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine to frontline caregivers and staff, according to the state and federal prioritization guidelines.

Medical City Healthcare is well prepared to administer vaccinations on a widespread basis. Clinical operations teams have developed a comprehensive plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations that includes storage, scheduling and an administration process. Prioritized colleagues have signed up, in advance, for a specific time and location to receive vaccine. COVID-19 patient caregivers and other frontline support staff are the first to receive vaccine. Medical City Healthcare hospitals received 6,825 vaccines Thursday, with thousands more expected in coming days.

“Healthcare worker vaccination is a positive step toward controlling this global pandemic,” says Miguel Benet, MD, Medical City Healthcare chief medical officer. “Until vaccine is available for everyone who wants it, it is vital that the community continue to protect themselves and their loved ones with the scientifically proven safety measures of wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and socially distancing. Only by continuing to remain vigilant will we be able to save more lives as we continue to fight this pandemic.”

All Medical City Healthcare facilities will receive vaccine and the State anticipates sending shipments weekly. Medical City Healthcare vaccine operations will support administration of all vaccine doses provided by the State. While COVID-19 vaccination is not required for Medical City Healthcare colleagues, infectious disease experts including those at the CDC are strongly encouraging vaccination as a critical step to protect individuals from this coronavirus.

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