December 17, 2020
Dallas – 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.
For now, it is too early to know when more vaccines will be approved, or when we may have additional guidance around vaccine availability for our patients and community. Stay informed about vaccination developments, including those specific to our health network, on our COVID-19 Resource Hub.
About Medical City Healthcare
Committed to the care and improvement of human life, Medical City Healthcare strives to deliver excellence always—providing high quality healthcare in the communities it serves. With the resources and strength of HCA Healthcare, the nation’s leading provider of quality healthcare services with 184 hospitals in the United States and England, Medical City Healthcare is one of the largest and most comprehensive healthcare providers in North Texas. It includes 16 hospitals, 44 CareNow Urgent Care Clinics, more than 5,100 active physicians, 6,000 nurses and 14,500 employees. Three Medical City Healthcare hospitals are accredited comprehensive stroke centers and seven hospitals hold the prestigious Magnet Recognized® status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.