SnapSHOT: Employees capture the moment they got their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
So far, Asante’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Medford and Grants Pass have administered almost 18,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. About half of Asante’s employees have gotten the vaccine so far.
“The goal is 100%,” said Jamie Grebosky, MD, chief medical officer. “We’re doing everything we can to encourage our employees and the community to get the vaccine.”
Shortages have delayed new appointments for employees, but they are expected to resolve over the next few months. Asante employees and medical staff members are among nearly 33,000 people in the region — including those who attended mass vaccination clinics — to receive their first doses. Before the mass events, Oregon ranked 48th out of 50 states for vaccine distribution. Working together, Asante and local public health departments have pushed Oregon’s COVID-19 immunizations into the top 15 in the country for “getting shots into arms.”
A second mass vaccination clinic was scheduled for nearly 11,000 people in Jackson and Josephine counties who are ready to receive their second dose. Meanwhile, future mass first-dose events are on hold while the counties await more vaccine supplies. Once those are received, first-dose vaccinations will reopen to eligible recipients, including Asante employees who have not received a first dose. When new supplies arrive, employees are encouraged to schedule an appointment at an Asante vaccine clinic through their MyChart account.
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