Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center Begins COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for Front-line Employees

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Provided by Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Front-line members of Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center, who have been dealing with the affects of the COVID-19 pandemic, were the first to receive their vaccinations Thursday morning. Following CDC and Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recommendations, Sentara is offering the vaccine first to healthcare employees who are at the highest risk for COVID-19 exposure. This includes emergency department staff,
ICUs, COVID patient units, respiratory unit staff and hospital staff who provide services in these areas (e.g., ESD, food service, staff who go into patient rooms), among others. The vaccine is voluntary for Sentara employees.

Doris Warner, Director of Patient Care and Emergency Services for both Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center and Sentara Lake Ridge, received her vaccination Thursday morning, “All of the healthcare front-liners have done an amazing job caring for all the patients that present to this facility. Their never-ending selflessness and dedication is unwavering. The Christmas miracle that we are all receiving in the form of a vaccine is truly a blessing.”

Sentara’s Vaccination Distribution

Sentara Healthcare received 11,700 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week and distributed it to its different hospitals. This vaccine requires two doses spaced three weeks apart. Additional shipments with the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine and an initial shipment of the Moderna vaccine are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

Sentara will expand employee vaccination clinics to other priority groups as more supplies become available. Per VDH guidelines, there are five priority groups in phase 1A (phase 1.A.i  to Phase 1.A.v). Sentara will move to Phase 1B – other essential workers (exact list still to be defined by VDH) – after all Phase 1A groups have been given the opportunity to receive a vaccine. Sentara does not expect vaccines to be available to the general public until spring 2021.

About Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center

Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center is a 183-bed, not-for-profit community hospital serving Prince William County and its surrounding communities. Our medical center combines the resources of a major health system with the compassionate, personalized care of a community hospital. SNVMC offers quiet, private rooms and high quality care focused on safety and patient satisfaction. We offer a wide range of medical specialties, a highly qualified medical and clinical staff and state-of-the-art technology. Our clinical services include advanced imaging, cancer services, diabetes management, emergency care, heart and vascular care, lab services, neurosurgery, primary care, orthopedics, urology, weight loss surgery, women’s services and more.

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