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Vanderbilt University Medical Center begins COVID-19 vaccinations

Frontline workers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) received initial doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.
Steaban administers one of the first COVID-19 vaccines
Erin O. Smith
Steaban (pictured left) administered one of the first COVID-19 vaccines at VUMC. (VUMC Reporter/Erin O. Smith)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) began administration of the initial doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 17. 

Robin Steaban, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital, vaccinated the first five recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine Thursday morning in front of an audience of journalists and photographers.

VUMC environmental technician Tesha Akins first received the COVID-19 vaccine from Steaban, followed by four other VUMC frontline workers: acute care nurse practitioner Lisa Felmmons, MSN; registered respiratory therapist Sophie Whitaker; Cody Hamilton, RN and associate professor of medicine and director of Medical ICU Todd Rice, MD.

These first five vaccines were among 9,000 doses contained in VUMC’s initial shipment of Pfizer’s vaccine. VUMC will continue to roll out vaccines from this initial shipment on Friday. 

VUMC’s vaccine distribution strategy prioritizes frontline physicians, nurses and staff who work closely with COVID-19 patients to receive the vaccine first. As more vaccines become available, VUMC plans to expand distribution to those frontline workers working away from COVID-19 patients, aiming to vaccinate its entire workforce.

“This is a really exciting day for us,” Rice said. “While taking care of people who are sick is really important, we’ve known for a long time that the way we get out of this pandemic is by preventing people from getting sick and ever getting the disease.”

VUMC’s ongoing administration of these 9,000 initial vaccines represents a portion of a statewide effort to distribute over 57,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine received by the state of Tennessee this week. 

The arrival of Pfizer’s vaccine comes at a pressing time for Tennessee, as the state ranks first in the United States for average daily cases per 100,000 civilians. The state also expects to receive its initial shipment of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine next week, which a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel endorsed Thursday.

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Anna Qian
3 years ago

Also thankful for operation warp speed.
But then again, we must keep in mind the context. So, if you search for agenda 21 with the United Nations, you will find that they mention “inaugurating programmes to combat communicable diseases.” Of course, the programmes will be anything, and especially good programmes are those that trigger a Great Reset and a New World Order. This Great Controlavirus Pandemic of 2020 will be followed by covid-21. And of course, there was agenda 21. This is interesting, isn’t it? Now, Klaus Schwab with the World Economic Forum is already harping his Agenda 2030. the Terms Great Reset originated with Klaus Schwab the sloppy snob. Time Magazine even did a feature article on it. Yep, that time magazine, which has aged very poorly. Time magazine used to be a timeless national treasure during the heyday of Henry Luce, but now Time magazine just falls in line with the cultural marxist conformity of our degenerate and morally relativistic times. But still, take some time out of your day to read the UN Agenda 21 and so many other documents from the UN. This stuff on the UN website is deliberately secretive and difficult to find, but I guess those UN bureaucrats are just amateurs stumbling over a game of 3D checkers. They prove to be no match to the 4D chess played by the Great Patriots of the World standing up against this Great Controlavirus Pandemic of 2020 in our valiant last stand to prevent a tyrannical regime of global rule under a New World Order.
Remember this is the Controlavirus Pandemic. If you notice any unusual side effects from the vaccine, then you better call poison control right away.

VU Alumnus
3 years ago

So thankful for Operation Warp Speed which made this happen.