On Tuesday, December 29th, Hamilton Memorial Hospital District (HMHD) front line workers, Hamilton County Law Enforcement and Frist Responders received their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine. 50 people were vaccinated with more scheduled for later in the week.
Jeanie Chamness, HMHD Hospitalist and McLeansboro Family Clinic weekend provider was among those vaccinated today. Jeanie said, “This virus has taken so much from people this year – this vaccine is the first sign of hope that things will get back to normal. The vaccine is an opportunity for all community members to act and help protect their loved ones, co-workers, and fellow community members. That’s exactly why I got vaccinated today! In such a difficult time, those of us working in healthcare can lead by example.”
Phase 1a of vaccines will be administered to healthcare professionals and long-term care patients. Phase 1b of vaccines will be administered to those who are 75+ in age and specific essential workers. Phase 1c will be for those who are 65-74 years of age with high-risk medical conditions and other essential workers. Updates on when Phase 1a, 1b, and 1c will begin will be available on HMHD social media accounts, HMHD website, and from the Hamilton County Health Department.
If you have any questions regarding the scheduling of vaccines or would like to call for an update, please call the Hamilton County Health Department at 618.643.3522.