Nashville General Hospital in North Nashville administered its first vaccines to six direct patient care workers on Monday afternoon. The staff members, each who volunteered, work in departments with the highest risk of COVID exposure.
500 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was sent to Nashville General direct from the Tennessee Department of Health and arrived early Monday morning. The doses took a few hours to thaw with the first vaccine being administered around 1:00 PM.
Emergency department nurse, Kimila Brogan, RN, was the FIRST front-line caregiver to receive the Pfizer vaccine, administered by fellow Emergency department nurse, Leslie Horton, RN. Following Brogran were fellow Healthcare Heroes and hospital staff members: Dr. Andrew Pierre, D.P.M., Dr. Ben Heavrin, MD, Ron Childress, LPN, Rick Pence, MT, and Theresa Khan, RN; to the applause of those present.
The vaccines arrived as Tennessee continues to be at the top of the list of US states with the highest rate of new Covid-19, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nashville General leadership is very enthusiastic about what the distribution of the vaccine means to the both the healthcare and general community. “This is a major milestone in the fight against the COVID-19 virus because now we can start the process of inoculating our staff, which will help us get back to some normalcy in caring for our patient population,” explained Nashville General Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Joseph Webb, D.Sc., FACHE. “This is the beginning of it all and I think this will create a lot of optimism in our community not just for people in healthcare. People can now see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Nashville General Hospital is Nashville’s oldest healthcare facility and will be vaccinating more staff members over the next few days, weeks, and months as more vaccines become available.