Putnam General Hospital received the arrival of the vaccine for COVID-19 and began administering it to its staff immediately. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, PGH has come together as physicians, nurses, and hospital and health system leaders to urge our community to protect themselves, their neighbors, and their loved ones amidst the worst global health crisis in generations.
More than 260,000 Americans and more than 1.4 million people worldwide have lost their lives to COVID-19, we know that this vaccine will save lives and help us turn the page on this virus. Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, nearly eliminated chickenpox and polio, and minimized the impact of countless other diseases. To achieve a similar result from COVID-19 vaccines requires trust in the process to develop, distribute, and administer a safe and effective vaccine and broad willingness to get vaccinated.
Putnam General Hospital is committed as the healthcare provider for our community supporting a rigorous scientific and regulatory process by which COVID-19 vaccines are evaluated. It is imperative that we set the standard by being committed to our own health as well as those we serve. Alan Horton, CEO of Putnam General Hospital had this to share "I am proud of our team and the system we have in place to vaccinate our employees. We are diligently following CDC guidelines and at this time are vaccinating Tier 1 which includes healthcare workers."
Dr. Eddie Richardson had this to share "It does not matter if you have experienced symptoms or not, this is a miracle vaccine that must be utilized to eradicate the pandemic".
Until our population has been broadly immunized, we continue urging that you protect yourself and others from the virus by taking three critical, scientifically-proven steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19: wear a face mask, maintain physical distancing, and wash your hands. These actions remain essential. Know that your health and safety continues to remain our top priority and we will get through this together.