Tesha Akins receives VUMC’s first COVID-19 vaccination from Robin Steaban, MSN, RN, on Thursday, Dec. 17. (photo by Donn Jones)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center began vaccinating its front-line caregivers for COVID-19 on Thursday, Dec. 17.
VUMC hosted an event with Gov. Bill Lee and Commissioner of Health Lisa Piercey, MD, on the Medical Center campus this morning. Lee praised VUMC for its role in caring for COVID-19 patients.
“Thank you for the role Vanderbilt has played throughout this pandemic and thanks to you, in particular, those of you who are here today that will be the first recipients of vaccine and represent hundreds, if not thousands, of front-line workers who have poured your lives into serving people in this state,” he said.
Robin Steaban, MSN, RN, looks on as, from left, Lisa Flemmons, MSN, Todd Rice, MD, Cody Hamilton, RN, and Sophie Whitaker pose for a photo after receiving their COVID-19 vaccinations. (photo by Donn Jones)“It is very true that today is a hopeful day. People have called this a shot of hope, and we celebrate what is a historic moment and turning point in this pandemic.”
“This is a really exciting day for us. 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. The way to do that is through vaccination with an effective vaccine and that process starts for us today in Tennessee. It’s not just the front-line providers who need to get vaccinated; it’s the population to make this go away,” Rice said. “We know what our task is. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to it.”