Fulton County Hospital receives first round of COVID-19 vaccines

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Fulton County Hospital began administering its first shipment of 20 COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, Dec. 18, shortly after they were received.

Sonja Jones, who is FCH’s Infectious Disease Director began administering the vaccines to frontline workers; those who might come in to contact more with COVID-19 positive patients. “We were only allocated 20 doses of the vaccine,” said Jones. There were more that signed up to receive it than doses actually received.

Jones gives each individual who receives the vaccine information about the procedure.

Fulton County Hospital’s Infectious Disease Director Sonja Jones administered the first round of COVID-19 vaccines on Friday, Dec. 18. FCH Lab Supervisor Melissa Pierce was one of the first to receive her vaccination.

Part of the information handed out shares information about “v-safe” which is an app for smartphones those who are vaccinated can download and use to track any side effects, should they choose to do so. Users who sign up for the program will receive a text message every day for the first week to see how the patient is feeling. If side effects are reported, someone from the CDC might be calling.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is what the first shipment received was identified as, though another is quickly making its way around. The fact sheet given outlines the risks and benefits of the vaccine. This specific vaccine is administered in two doses. The second dose will be been given three weeks after the first.

“For people who aren’t employees who won’t already be in the building, we are going to have them wait for 20 to 30 minutes after their shot so we can make sure they don’t have an allergic reaction,” said Jones. She also said medication was on hand in the invent that should happen. One of the first to receive their vaccination was FCH’s Lab Supervisor, Melissa Pierce, who said it was a painless process.

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