Blog RSS https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/ en COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 10/16/21 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/covid-19-hospitalizations-7-days-ending-101621 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 10/16/21</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/18/2021 - 12:49</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/627" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 10/16/21"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><img alt="COVID Hospitalizations 10/16/21" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="524" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/COVID-19%20Hospitalizations%2010_16_21.png" width="524" class="align-center" /> <p>We continue to be optimistic about the decreasing COVID-19 surge in our region. We still have many very sick people in our hospitals, most of them unvaccinated. If you're not yet vaccinated, please talk to your doctor or find a vaccine near you at <a href="http://spr.ly/6183yCzEX?fbclid=IwAR3It5HJClqEMKEHsM4BNSK6pEsn27rpWUhzJn1Ipssf04nZe1Wz9fhadas" target="_blank"> http://spr.ly/6183yCzEX</a>.</p> <p>Frontline health care workers still need your support, patience and kindness as they support our community through the pandemic.</p> <p>These data reflect patients hospitalized over the 7-day period ending Oct. 16 on our Nashville campus, including our Children's Hospital; Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital and Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital. It includes patients with active COVID infection. It doesn't include patients who remain hospitalized because of lasting complications of their illness. The lighter blue bars reflect patients who are "partially vaccinated," meaning they are between 2 doses or have had 2 doses less than 14 days ago.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/COVID-19%20Hospitalizations%2010_16_21.pdf">Click here to download this graphic as a PDF.</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 18 Oct 2021 17:49:10 +0000 big chief 627 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 10/11/21 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/covid-19-hospitalizations-7-days-ending-101121 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 10/11/21</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 10/11/2021 - 14:21</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/626" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 10/11/21"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-center"><img alt="VUMC Covid-19 Stats" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="506" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/245492970_10159722129065859_7456058439293068445_n.png" width="506" class="align-center" /></p> <p>The recent surge of COVID-19 in our region is lessening, which continues to be good news. We still have many very sick people in our hospitals, most of them unvaccinated. If you're not yet vaccinated, please talk to your doctor or find a vaccine near you at <a href="http://spr.ly/6183yCzEX">http://spr.ly/6183yCzEX</a>.</p> <p>These data reflect patients hospitalized over the 7-day period ending Oct. 9 on our Nashville campus, including our Children's Hospital; Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital and Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital. It includes patients with active COVID infection. It doesn't include patients who remain hospitalized because of lasting complications of their illness. The lighter blue bars reflect patients who are "partially vaccinated," meaning they are between 2 doses or have had 2 doses less than 14 days ago.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/245492970_10159722129065859_7456058439293068445_n.pdf">Click here to download this graphic as a PDF.</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 11 Oct 2021 19:21:56 +0000 big chief 626 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 10/2/21 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/covid-19-hospitalizations-7-days-ending-10221 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 10/2/21</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 10/05/2021 - 09:30</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/625" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 10/2/21"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-center"><img alt="Covid-19 Hospitalizations" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/FA8T7VYWEAsqLrl.jpeg" class="align-center" /></p> <p class="text-align-center"> </p> <p>We continue to see the recent surge of COVID-19 in our region crest, which is good news. We still have many very sick people in our hospitals, most of them unvaccinated. If you're not yet vaccinated, please talk to your doctor or find a vaccine near you: <a href="http://spr.ly/6183yCzEX">http://spr.ly/6183yCzEX</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/FA8T7VYWEAsqLrl.pdf">Click here to download the graphic as a PDF</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 05 Oct 2021 14:30:57 +0000 big chief 625 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/25/21 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/covid-19-hospitalizations-7-days-ending-92521 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/25/21</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/27/2021 - 15:05</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/621" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/25/21"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><img alt="COVID-19 Hospitalizations" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="531" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/MicrosoftTeams-image%20%281%29.png" width="531" class="align-center" /></p> <p> </p> <p>We continue to be hopeful as the number of overall patients hospitalized for COVID are down again this week. However, the number of people in ICU care and on ventilators rose this past week, and most are unvaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccines continue to reduce risk of serious and life-threatening illness. If you're not yet vaccinated, please talk to your doctor or find a vaccine near you at <a href="http://spr.ly/6183yCzEX">http://spr.ly/6183yCzEX</a>. </p> <p>Frontline health care workers still need your support, patience and kindness as they support our community through the pandemic. </p> <p>These data reflect patients hospitalized over the 7-day period ending Sept. 25 on our Nashville campus, including our Children's Hospital; Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, and Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital. It includes patients with active COVID infection. It doesn't include patients who remain hospitalized because of lasting complications of their illness. The lighter blue bars reflect patients who are "partially vaccinated," meaning they are between 2 doses or have had 2 doses less than 14 days ago.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/COVID-19%20Hospitalizations.pdf">Download the stat graphic here</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 27 Sep 2021 20:05:23 +0000 big chief 621 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Campaign Thanks VUMC's People for Their Dedication to Patients and Each Other https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/Caregivers-Need-Care-Too <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Campaign Thanks VUMC&#039;s People for Their Dedication to Patients and Each Other</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 09/25/2021 - 11:22</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/620" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Campaign Thanks VUMC&#039;s People for Their Dedication to Patients and Each Other"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Earlier this month, Vanderbilt Health launched a brand communications campaign, called Caregivers Need Care, Too, designed to thank our workforce for their dedication to their patients and to each other during challenging times.</p> <p>The campaign also acknowledges that, through our caring spirit, we’ve required COVID vaccines for all our employees to provide the safest environment we can for our workforce and our patients.</p> <blockquote> <p><em><strong>"Our highest responsibility is to care for people, and that includes you, the people of VUMC.” - Dr. Balser</strong></em></p> </blockquote> <p>“This pandemic has been hard on people, including our people,” Dr. Jeff Balser, president and CEO, said in a recent video message to VUMC’s workforce. “I know that many of you are exhausted by the stresses of caring for COVID patients while managing the economic, childcare, and health crises you are experiencing at home. Our highest responsibility is to care for people, and that includes you, the people of VUMC.”</p> <p>That video message (<a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVIDEO08242021">see it here</a>) foreshadowed this campaign, which began in mid-September across multiple media channels and is scheduled to run through the end of October, with a few messages continuing into December.</p> <p>The campaign includes television, print, radio, billboard and digital advertising, as well as website and social media components.</p> <p>The TV spots, ranging from 15 seconds to a 1 minute in length, feature employees talking about the impact they have every day through the work they do. One video features nurses, while the other features employees in a variety of roles.</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VjWr2HHWxJg?Rel=0" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><br /> A website <a href="https://www.vanderbilthealth.com/information/caregivers-need-care-too">landing page</a> encourages individuals to explore careers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and its hospitals and clinics across the region. It also describes ways people in our community can care for health care workers, from simple gestures like a kind word or smile in a busy clinic to protecting themselves by getting a COVID vaccine to giving meals or monetary contributions.</p> <p><strong>How you can engage with the campaign:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Watch for the TV spots </strong>on local broadcast channels during prime time, late night and during Sunday morning and sports programming.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Listen for messaging</strong> on radio stations ranging from Nashville Public Radio (WPLN 90.3) to El Jefe, a top Spanish-language outlet.<br />  </li> <li><strong>See our collaborations </strong>with Lifestyles magazines in Belle Meade, Hendersonville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet and Brentwood.<br />  </li> <li><strong>Visit the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLucLRYfUxMGg4TFRsr8CyQp5hq4mEW5jP">playlist of videos</a> </strong>on YouTube and if you choose, share on with family and friends on social media.</li> </ul> <p>Billboards can be seen throughout the region, and digital ads target individuals in the area who are employed in healthcare or are consuming online content about COVID and vaccines.</p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f-O3930JKwE?Rel=0" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><br /> VUMC’s social media team will be collecting and curating posts featuring employees sharing their own stories of caring and support at VUMC as we’ve weathered the pandemic without pay cuts, layoffs or furloughs like many other health systems across the country.</p> <p>As always, if you have interest in sharing content or participating in our social media program, email <a href="mailto:socialmedia@vumc.org">socialmedia@vumc.org</a> and include your name, where you work, how to best contact you and a sentence or two about how you are cared for and supported at VUMC.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Sat, 25 Sep 2021 16:22:42 +0000 manleycf 620 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser with updates on new developments about COVID-19 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVideo092721 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser with updates on new developments about COVID-19</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 09/25/2021 - 11:06</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/618" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: Dr. Jeff Balser with updates on new developments about COVID-19"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In his latest video message to the people of VUMC, Dr. Jeff Balser, president and CEO, discusses successful progress with workforce COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters for patients and employees, an upcoming “check-in“ survey, and ongoing efforts to make VUMC’s environment as safe as possible for everyone. </p> <p><iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fAy_VT8RSDI?Rel=0" title="YouTube video player" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript092721">Read the transcript.</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/Caregivers-Need-Care-Too">More about Caregivers Need Care, Too.</a></p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Sat, 25 Sep 2021 16:06:03 +0000 manleycf 618 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/18/21 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/covid-19-hospitalizations-7-days-ending-91821 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/18/21 </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/20/2021 - 14:45</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/617" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/18/21 "> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-center"><img alt="Hospitalizations 9/18/21" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="1075" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/COVID-19%20Hospitalizations%207%20days%20%282%29.png" width="1075" class="align-center" /> <o></o></p> <p><o>We're cautiously hopeful about the numbers we release today. Our overall number of patients hospitalized for COVID are down -- but by just a smidge. The burden on hospitals and their caregivers is still very high, and frontline health care workers still need your support, patience and kindness. Those who are so sick that they need to be in the hospital, in ICU care or on ventilators are disproportionately unvaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccines continue to reduce risk of serious and life-threatening illness. If you're not yet vaccinated, please talk to your doctor or find a vaccine near you at <a href="http://spr.ly/6183yCzEX">http://spr.ly/6183yCzEX</a>. </o></p> <p><o>These data reflect patients hospitalized over the 7-day period ending Sept. 18 on our Nashville campus, including our Children's Hospital; Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, and Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital. It includes patients with active COVID infection. It doesn't include patients who remain hospitalized because of lasting complications of their illness. The lighter blue bars reflect patients who are "partially vaccinated," meaning they are between 2 doses or have had 2 doses less than 14 days ago.</o></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/COVID-19%20Hospitalizations%207%20days.pdf">Download the graphic as a PDF.</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 19:45:34 +0000 big chief 617 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/11/21 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/covid-19-hospitalizations-7-days-ending-91121 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/11/21</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 09/13/2021 - 16:08</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/614" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/11/21"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-center"><img alt="VUMC Hospitalizations 9/11/21" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/COVID-19%20Hospitalizations%207%20days%20ending%20Sep.%2011.png" class="align-center" /></p> <p>We continue to see an overwhelming proportion of unvaccinated patients in our hospitals due to COVID-19.</p> <p>These numbers reflect people admitted over a 7-day period because of serious COVID-19 illness. These patients were admitted on our Nashville campus (including Children’s Hospital), as well as Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital and Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital. The fully vaccinated group is all who are 2 weeks past getting a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or a shot of J&amp;J’s vaccine.</p> <p>We’d like to remind everyone commenting here to please be respectful of others, even those who disagree with you. If you want to make your point and have it stand, do so respectfully. We appreciate everyone's interest in this chart. We especially appreciate shares, and we repeat our advice to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19.</p> <p>Find a vaccine site close to you: <a href="http://spr.ly/6185yLatl">http://spr.ly/6185yLatl</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/COVID-19%20Hospitalizations%207%20days%20ending%20Sep.%2011.pdf">Download the graphic as a PDF</a>.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 13 Sep 2021 21:08:01 +0000 big chief 614 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Important Update on COVID-19 Boosters https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news/important-update-covid-19-boosters <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Important Update on COVID-19 Boosters</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/07/2021 - 11:12</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/611" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Important Update on COVID-19 Boosters"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Currently VUMC is only administering third dose COVID-19 shots to immunocompromised patients as approved by the FDA. Booster shots for the Pfizer vaccine are still waiting approval from the FDA, and there are no plans by VUMC to begin administration of boosters on Sept. 20 until approval occurs.</p> <p>Updates will be provided and announced as more information becomes available.</p> <p><em>Edited on Sept. 24, 2021 to add: Boosters have been authorized for those age 65+ and other certain groups. Watch for guidance from VUMC early next week about offering boosters to employees and patients.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 16:12:53 +0000 big chief 611 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/4/21 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/covid-19-hospitalizations-7-days-ending-9421 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/4/21</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/07/2021 - 09:17</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/609" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 9/4/21"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-center"><img alt="Covid-19 Hospitalizations" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="690" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/COVID-19%20Hospitalizations%207%20days%20ending%20Sep%204.png" width="690" class="align-center" /></p> <p>Our weekly summary of hospitalizations for COVID-19 shows increasing total hospitalizations and a striking difference between those who have been fully vaccinated and those who are not. Of total hospitalizations over the past 7 days, only 13% have been among patients who are fully vaccinated; only 8% of our patients requiring ICU care are fully vaccinated, and none of those requiring ventilators are fully vaccinated.</p> <p>This chart shows the vaccination status of patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 across the Vanderbilt Health system over the 7 days ending 9/4/21. “Fully vaccinated” reflects patients who had 2 doses of the mRNA vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, or 1 shot of a single-dose vaccine, and their last shot was at least 14 days prior to admission. Most of these vaccinated patients also have underlying health conditions that weaken their immune system, reducing their bodies’ ability to mount a strong response to the vaccine. The vaccine continues to do its most important job, to lower risk of hospitalization and death from serious COVID-19.</p> <p>Find a vaccine site close to you: <a href="http://spr.ly/6185yLatl">http://spr.ly/6185yLatl</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 14:17:56 +0000 big chief 609 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Alarming number of pregnant COVID-19 patients hospitalized in August https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/alarming-number-pregnant-covid-19-patients-hospitalized-august <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Alarming number of pregnant COVID-19 patients hospitalized in August</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 09/07/2021 - 09:10</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/608" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Alarming number of pregnant COVID-19 patients hospitalized in August"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Vanderbilt University Hospital treated 39 pregnant patients hospitalized with active COVID-19 infections in August, 10 of whom were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).</p> <p>Currently, there are four pregnant and postpartum patients in the Medical ICU with COVID-19 — one patient is still pregnant, and the remaining three patients recently underwent emergency deliveries due to the severity of their symptoms.</p> <p>“With this delta surge of COVID, we have been experiencing a high number of unvaccinated, pregnant females who are becoming critically ill with COVID pneumonia,” said Todd Rice, MD, associate professor of Medicine in Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and director of the Medical ICU.</p> <p>“These patients get very sick very quickly and end up needing a ventilator or ECMO. A significant proportion of them end up losing their pregnancies, and if they don’t, their babies have to be delivered early, which causes a number of issues for the baby due to being delivered prematurely,” Rice said.</p> <p>Jennifer Thompson, MD, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Maternal Fetal Medicine, reiterates Rice’s message and urges pregnant people to carefully consider the risks of COVID-19 infection versus the minimal risks of vaccine side effects.</p> <p>“The risks associated with COVID and pregnancy are significant: an increased risk of hospitalization, increased need for ICU care, increased risk of needing mechanical ventilation or ECMO, and an increased risk of death,” said Thompson. “Those risks are anywhere between two and 15 times greater than similar-aged, non-pregnant people with COVID. For pregnant people who have other comorbidities such as obesity, heart disease or diabetes, the risks are even further increased.”</p> <p>Additionally, Thompson warns, there is an increased risk of pre-term delivery, increased risk of pregnancy loss (both stillbirth and miscarriage), increased risk of hypertensive disorders and increased risk of C-sections among pregnant moms who develop COVID-19.</p> <p>“Potential risks from the vaccine — which is safe and effective in preventing severe disease — pale in comparison to the risks of COVID infection during pregnancy. I strongly recommend the vaccine to anyone who is pregnant,” Thompson said.</p> <p>The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the two leading organizations representing specialists in obstetric care, as well as the CDC, recommend that all pregnant individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19. To schedule your vaccine, visit: <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines">www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines</a>.</p> <p> </p> <div data-embed-button="media_entity_embed" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:media.medium" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="3cab0d7e-46d3-40f9-a22c-4abd10994c84" data-langcode="en" class="embedded-entity align-center"><article class="media media--type-video media--view-mode-medium"> <div class="field field--name-field-media-video-embed-field field--type-video-embed-field field--label-hidden field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lixkFPN7n5w?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 07 Sep 2021 14:10:53 +0000 big chief 608 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus What Parents Need to Know about Masks, Vaccines and Other Things about COVID-19 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/ParentsNeedToKnow <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">What Parents Need to Know about Masks, Vaccines and Other Things about COVID-19</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/31/2021 - 12:52</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/604" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to What Parents Need to Know about Masks, Vaccines and Other Things about COVID-19"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Cases of the delta variant of COVID-19 have increased significantly locally, nationally and globally in recent weeks, including among children. Many parents want to know how children are affected, what they can do to keep them safe, and what symptoms to look for in children.</p> <p>With help from experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, we've answered some common questions parents are asking pediatricians.</p> <p><strong>Q: Is the delta variant more dangerous in children than previous variants?</strong></p> <p>A: Right now, we don’t have reason to think the delta variant is more dangerous than the original variant. We're seeing a tremendous increase in the number of cases. The delta variant is more contagious. This leads to more children being sick, being admitted to the hospital, and having a serious illness.</p> <p><strong>Q: What can I do to reduce my child’s risk of getting sick with COVID-19?</strong></p> <p>A: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics call for a layered approach to keep school-age children protected from COVID-19. <strong>This includes the recommendation that everyone 2 years and older wear a mask, even if vaccinated, when indoors in K-12 schools. </strong>Masks are shown to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Masks help protect school-age children who aren't yet eligible to get a vaccine.</p> <p>Additional steps to protect children include:</p> <ul> <li>social distancing, when possible (6 feet away from others)</li> <li>frequent handwashing</li> <li>avoiding others when sick</li> <li>being vaccinated (age 12 and older)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Q: Can you spread COVID-19 if you're vaccinated and develop an infection?</strong></p> <p>A: Vaccinated people infected with the delta variant carry amounts of the virus similar to those who aren't vaccinated, new data from the CDC show. This led the CDC to recommend that vaccinated people wear masks indoors. This is so they won't unknowingly spread the virus to others, including people who aren't vaccinated or who have weakened immune systems.</p> <p>Fortunately, infections in vaccinated people aren't common. When they do occur, they're much milder than infections in those that are unvaccinated.</p> <p><strong>Q: If children get COVID-19, can they get very sick?</strong></p> <p>A: Although it isn't as common for children to become severely ill, there's a chance they can. This is particularly true for those with underlying health conditions.</p> <p>Seek medical care if:</p> <ul> <li>you're concerned about your child's breathing or ability to stay hydrated</li> <li>your child seems sicker than they normally might be with a respiratory infection.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19 in children?</strong></p> <p>A: COVID symptoms in children and adolescents include:</p> <ul> <li>fever (greater than 100.4)</li> <li>congestion or a runny nose</li> <li>sore throat</li> <li>loss of taste or smell (not as common in children as adults)</li> <li>new cough</li> <li>having trouble breathing</li> <li>chills</li> <li>headache</li> <li>muscle pain</li> <li>being very tired </li> </ul> <p>Some children may also have nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Children are also more likely to test positive for COVID without showing symptoms. Children who don't have symptoms may still spread the virus to others.</p> <p><strong>Q: Whom should I contact if I have questions about my child’s symptoms or concerns about exposure?</strong></p> <p>A: Contact your family pediatrician first to discuss symptoms and next steps rather than bring your child into an emergency department. Children’s Hospital also has several <a href="https://www.childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org/program/vanderbilt-childrens-after-hours-clinics">after-hours clinics </a>where your child can be assessed when your pediatrician’s office is closed.</p> <p>If your child has any of the following symptoms, bring them to the emergency department:</p> <ul> <li>Having trouble breathing or being in distress</li> <li>Severe headache or muscle aches</li> <li>A high fever causing a change in behavior</li> </ul> <p><strong>Q: Should my child get the COVID-19 vaccine?</strong></p> <p>A: Anyone 12 or older can get a COVID-19 vaccine. We strongly urge everyone who's eligible to get vaccinated. Research shows that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Significant side effects that have been seen are very rare. As with other diseases, vaccination is important to protect your child and those around them against severe illness.</p> <p>You can schedule an appointment today with Vanderbilt Health, even if you or your child are not Vanderbilt patients. <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines">Schedule your vaccine</a>. You can also check with your local health department or find another location near you at <a href="https://www.vaccines.gov/">Vaccines.gov.</a></p> <p><strong>Q: When will children 11 years and younger be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine?</strong></p> <p>A: Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and elsewhere are studying the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine in children age 11 and younger. It may be several more months before vaccines are ready for distribution in children.</p> <p><strong>Q: How do I tell the difference between RSV, COVID-19 and other illnesses that cause similar symptoms?</strong></p> <p>A: Unfortunately, you can't tell these respiratory illnesses apart based on symptoms alone.</p> <p>Both RSV and COVID can cause fever, runny nose, cough, vomiting, diarrhea and difficulty breathing. COVID can cause loss of taste and smell, which is not typical in RSV, but young children don't usually have that symptom.</p> <p>The best way to tell between RSV and COVID in children is to get a COVID-19 test.</p> <p><strong>Q: My child is around someone who tested positive: What should I do next and when?</strong></p> <p>A: If your child was a close contact, it is recommended that they quarantine for 14 days. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours.</p> <p>Quarantine can end early (after day 7) if they test negative at least 5 days after their last exposure to the infected person and they don't develop symptoms.</p> <p>More from the CDC about <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fif-you-are-sick%2Fquarantine.html">quarantine and isolation </a>to help stop the spread of COVID-19.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 31 Aug 2021 17:52:28 +0000 manleycf 604 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 8/28/21 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/covid-19-hospitalizations-7-days-ending-82821 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 8/28/21</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/big-chief" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">big chief</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 08/30/2021 - 15:57</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/602" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Hospitalizations 7 days ending 8/28/21"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p> </p> <img alt="COVID-19 Hospitalizations" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="598" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/COVID-19%20Hospitalizations%207%20days%20ending%20Aug%2028.png" width="598" class="align-center" /> <p> </p> <p>Starting today, as we move through this latest COVID-19 surge, we will begin sharing this graphic each week. Our goal is to help everyone understand the value of vaccination. These totals reflect inpatients across our health system. Find a vaccine site close to you at <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines">https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines </a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Mon, 30 Aug 2021 20:57:37 +0000 big chief 602 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: Dr. Balser on VUMC's Highest Responsibility, to Care for Its People and Patients https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVIDEO08242021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: Dr. Balser on VUMC&#039;s Highest Responsibility, to Care for Its People and Patients</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/24/2021 - 07:56</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/596" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: Dr. Balser on VUMC&#039;s Highest Responsibility, to Care for Its People and Patients"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>In the midst of a surge in COVID-19 cases and on the heels of FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine, Dr. Jeff Balser, VUMC's president and CEO, talks about our commitment to caring and being a safe place for our people and our patients. </p> <p><iframe height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/dQRXqix87iQ" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><em><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript08242021">Read the transcript.</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 24 Aug 2021 12:56:38 +0000 manleycf 596 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus A Plea to Middle Tennessee from 10 Health System CEOs https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news/plea-middle-tennessee-10-health-system-ceos <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">A Plea to Middle Tennessee from 10 Health System CEOs</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 08/20/2021 - 13:42</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/594" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to A Plea to Middle Tennessee from 10 Health System CEOs"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>The CEOs of 10 regional health systems released the following letter on August 20, 2021. It first appeared as a guest column in The Tennessean. <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/Middle%20Tennessee%20Health%20Systems%20Letter%20Aug%2020%202021%20%281%29.pdf">Here is the letter as a PDF.</a></em></p> <p>Dear Middle Tennessee residents,</p> <p>The past 18 months have been difficult on all of us. There has been a great deal of sacrifice, loss, anguish, and broken hearts surrounding COVID-19. We are all ready to put the pandemic behind us, but unfortunately, we are unable to move forward. Rather than COVID-19 rates dropping as the vaccine became more readily available, we are moving in the opposite direction. A year ago, we didn’t have a solution to end the pandemic. Now the key is readily available, within our hands, but we need everyone’s help to resolve this. The answer is through vaccines.  </p> <p>As the healthcare systems of Middle Tennessee, we are banding together in one unified voice to ask you, to beg you, to get vaccinated against COVID-19. We have seen, firsthand, the unnecessary suffering this horrible disease wreaks on the human body. We have had many patients in our ICUs, with machines keeping them alive, who wished they had gotten the vaccine but at that point it’s just too late. They, along with their families, are living with regret. Our caregivers are growing more and more saddened and frustrated that simple steps that could greatly reduce the loss of life are not being embraced.</p> <p>Our clinical leaders strongly support the vaccine. They have studied the science behind it, and it is safe and effective. The likelihood of getting seriously ill, becoming hospitalized or even dying as a result of COVID-19 is greatly diminished if you are fully vaccinated. The large majority of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are not vaccinated.</p> <p>If you are hesitant about receiving the vaccine, we encourage you to seek guidance and discuss your concerns with the medical community. Please consult your physician’s office to talk through your questions. This will allow you to make an educated decision based on the information you receive. It is important to consult the experts to cut through the myths that surround the COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <p>As healthcare systems, our goal is to be here when you need us regardless of the type of care you need. Unfortunately, COVID-19 hospitalizations in Middle Tennessee are escalating at a rate that threatens to overwhelm the healthcare system and compromise our ability to do just that. We all need to do our part to make sure that doesn’t happen.</p> <p>Across our health systems, more than 90% of people who are hospitalized due to COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Nearly all those patients could be safely at home with their friends and family right now if they had chosen to get the vaccine.  </p> <p>The most important thing we can do to prevent COVID-19, and eventually end this pandemic, is to get vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, thank you for protecting yourself, your loved ones and the community. If you are not, we strongly encourage you to get the vaccine. We need your help to save lives and to finally put this pandemic behind us.<br /> <br /> Sincerely, the Middle Tennessee Hospital Systems</p> <p>Tim P. Adams, President and CEO, <strong>Ascension Saint Thomas</strong><br /> Paul Korth. CEO, <strong>Cookeville Regional Medical Center</strong><br /> Lisa Casteel. CEO, <strong>Henry County Medical Center</strong><br /> Alan Watson, CEO, <strong>Maury Regional Health</strong><br /> Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, President &amp; CEO,<strong> Meharry Medical College</strong><br /> Randy Davis, President &amp; CEO, <strong>NorthCrest Medical Center</strong><br /> Susan Peach, CEO, <strong>Sumner Regional Medical Center</strong><br /> Mitch Edgeworth, President, <strong>TriStar Health</strong><br /> Phillip J. Mazzuca, CEO, <strong>Williamson Medical Center</strong><br /> Dr. C. Wright Pinson, Deputy CEO &amp; Chief Health System Officer, <strong>Vanderbilt Health</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Fri, 20 Aug 2021 18:42:34 +0000 manleycf 594 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus ICYMI: What's new on the site https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news/icymi-whats-new-site <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">ICYMI: What&#039;s new on the site</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/19/2021 - 14:16</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/593" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to ICYMI: What&#039;s new on the site"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>With the more contagious delta variant spreading in our region, a resulting increase in hospitalizations, and announcement of 3rd doses for certain patients, it's been a busy week on the VUMC COVID website. </p> <p>Here's what's new (some of these behind VUMC ID/Password protection):</p> <ul> <li>Common <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/commonly-asked-questions-3rd-dose-covid-19-vaccinations">questions about 3rd doses </a>of vaccine for those with weakened immune systems.<br />  </li> <li>Recording of a <a href="https://vumc.app.box.com/s/8gikolqyl7tvptwe3630tg7cfr9ca8ca">town hall </a>featuring our chief hospital epidemiologist, Tom Talbot. <br />  </li> <li>Guidance for <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/Workforce%20Exposure%20Guidelines.pdf">return to work </a>after COVID-19 exposure and infection.<br />  </li> <li>A <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/StaffVaccinationCommonQuestions.pdf">set of common questions </a>about the recently announced requirement for VUMC employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approve exemption by Sept. 30, as a condition of employment.<br />  </li> <li>Updates to <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/how-help-fight-against-covid-19">how to help </a>our teams during COVID (the community is asking how they can support our front-line health care workers during this challenging time).<br />  </li> <li>We are continuously reviewing analytics and user feedback in order to improve this website. It is intended to be the source of truth to find COVID-related information from VUMC, whether found directly on this site or through links to other resources. </li> </ul> <p>We've recently redesigned the <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/clinician-and-employee-guidance">clinician/employee guidance page,</a> which is where you'll find the latest documents and links to policies and clinical guidance. If you're a VUMC employee and haven't bookmarked this page yet, we'd encourage you to do so.<br /> <br /> We've added a set of links at the top of the page to highlight the most recently added or the most popular content. Documents hosted on the site are found in a searchable table. (The sort/search works pretty well, but it is limited if you search for a keyword that isn't included in a document title). You'll also find newsfeeds for employee and latest news.</p> <p>If you have trouble finding something, or you have suggestions for ways to make this site more useful to you as a VUMC employee, please email <a href="mailto:vumccoronavirus@vumc.org">vumccoronavirus@vumc.org</a>. </p> <p>Be sure to keep watching MyVUMC and this site for updates. </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 19 Aug 2021 19:16:12 +0000 manleycf 593 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus 5+ Ways to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news/5-ways-get-your-covid-19-vaccine <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">5+ Ways to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine </span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/12/2021 - 08:15</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/590" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to 5+ Ways to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine "> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>COVID-19 vaccination is crucial to protect VUMC employees and patients and to maintain a safe healthcare environment for all.</p> <p>As announced this week, COVID-19 vaccination is now required for all VUMC employees.</p> <p>We want to remind VUMC employees how to access the COVID-19 vaccine or provide your outside vaccine record to Occupational Health, so that your Occupational Health record may be updated.  </p> <h3>5 Ways to Receive Your COVID-19 Vaccine</h3> <p><strong>Medical Center East E-Pod Break Room:</strong> COVID-19 vaccination will be available through the Occupational Health Clinic starting today in the Medical Center East E-Pod break room on Main Campus.  No appointments are required. Vaccinations will be provided in this location from 8:00 am-4:00 pm Monday - Friday.</p> <p><strong>Occupational Health Clinic-Nashville Campus: </strong>Employees also can walk in to the Occupational Health Clinic located on the 6th floor of the Medical Arts Building during designated times to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage use of the E-Pod to ensure social distancing and observation space.</p> <p>Subject to staffing, there may be limited capacity to provide vaccination through the Occupational Health Clinic. We encourage you to receive your vaccine as soon as possible at any location that is convenient to you.</p> <p><strong>Occupational Health at Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital and Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital: </strong>Employees at these locations should contact their occupational health resource.</p> <ul> <li>Wilson County, Retha Parker, RN, MSN, 615-453-7232</li> <li>Bedford, Angel Whitaker, RN, 931-685-8404</li> <li>Tullahoma-Harton, Janet Baker, RN, 931-393-7944</li> </ul> <p><strong>Vanderbilt Walk-In Clinics: </strong>In addition to the Occupational Health Clinic, the <a href="https://www.myhealthwalkin.com/program/vanderbilt-health-walk-clinics">Vanderbilt Walk-In Clinics </a>can provide COVID-19 vaccinations. If you are a VUMC patient, you can schedule through <a href="https://myhealthatvanderbilt.com/Authentication/Login?">My Health at Vanderbilt.</a> If you aren't a VUMC patient, you can schedule <a href="https://covid-vaccine.app.vumc.org/schedule/#/availability">here</a>. </p> <p>(Pro tip: you'll also find a link to a web page where you can schedule your vaccine in the blue "alert banner" across the top of VUMC.org and our patient-facing websites).</p> <p><strong>The CDC's "Vaccine Finder" tool:</strong> You can also use <a href="https://www.vaccines.gov/">this site</a> to find a location near you (including locations that provide Johnson &amp; Johnson vaccine, if needed). The vaccine is widely available at many pharmacies and retail outlets.  </p> <h3>Need to report a vaccine received outside the OHC vaccination program?</h3> <p>If you receive your COVID-19 vaccine at a location other than Occupational Health, please remember to submit your record of vaccination to OHC via the <a href="https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=PJP7RYJ4ML">Self-Report REDCap</a> by September 30. If the vaccine was given at a VUMC location other than through occupational health, the REDCap will also allow you to grant permission to check your medical record for the sole purpose of obtaining your COVID-19 vaccine documentation.</p> <p>Exemption requests can be initiated via the <a href="https://machform.app.vumc.org/view.php?id=455097">Exemption Request form</a>.</p> <p>Need additional information? Please visit the Occupational Health Employee <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/covid-19">COVID-19 Vaccine Program</a> website for the latest details about the COVID-19 vaccine program.</p> <p>Thank you for all you do to keep yourself, each other, and our patients safe!</p> <p><strong>Related Links:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news-vaccine/vumc-requiring-full-covid-19-vaccination-all-employees">Read</a> the announcement</li> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVideo091121">Watch</a> Dr. Balser's video message</li> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript08112021">Read</a> the transcript</li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">2</div> </div> Thu, 12 Aug 2021 13:15:14 +0000 manleycf 590 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VUMC requiring full COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by Sept. 30 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news-vaccine/vumc-requiring-full-covid-19-vaccination-all-employees <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC requiring full COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by Sept. 30</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/10/2021 - 16:34</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/586" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC requiring full COVID-19 vaccination for all employees by Sept. 30"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As announced previously, prior to requiring vaccination for all employees, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) leaders will be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or exempted by no later than Sept. 15, 2021.</p> <p>We are now seeing significantly accelerating cases and hospitalizations not only among patients but also in our workforce.</p> <p>As such, all VUMC employees will be required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption from this requirement by no later than Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, as a condition of employment.</p> <p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined the delta variant of the virus is more contagious than smallpox, influenza and Ebola, with a transmissibility rate comparable to chickenpox. The risk of spreading the variant to our patients and coworkers has increased significantly.  </p> <p>As with other required vaccines, managers will have access to the <a href="https://tableau.app.vumc.org/#/site/QualitySafetyRiskPrevention/views/VUMCImmunizationReport/ImmunizationComplianceSummary?:iid=2">VUMC Immunization Summary</a> in Tableau (password and VUMC network required). Managers are encouraged to check regularly to ensure their staff are meeting their requirements.</p> <p>COVID vaccines, which have been proven safe and effective in numerous studies, provide protection against the severity of disease and are essential to slow the spread of the virus and reduce the number of infected persons who will require hospitalization.</p> <p>In Tennessee, nearly 13,000 people have died from COVID-19. At VUMC, consistent with statewide hospitalizations, the number of admissions for COVID-19 has increased significantly in the past two weeks.</p> <p>Vaccination against serious communicable diseases is a long-standing VUMC practice. Much like prior vaccination requirements for flu and other infectious diseases, vaccination is especially important to minimize the risk of COVID-19 in the VUMC community, particularly for patients and coworkers who cannot mount a strong response to vaccination themselves.</p> <p>Full vaccination is accomplished by receiving 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 1 dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. For those who may have been fully vaccinated overseas, VUMC will accept documentation of World Health Organization approved vaccines as satisfying requirements.</p> <p>To comply with this requirement through VUMC, which administers the 2-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, employees should register to receive their first dose of vaccine by no later Sept. 1, 2021.</p> <p>Individuals and groups included in VUMC’s COVID vaccine requirements:</p> <p>All paid and unpaid persons working at VUMC. This includes staff, faculty, fellows, house staff, medical providers with privileges at VUMC, students of VUMC’s Allied Health programs, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) students, Vanderbilt University employees and students working in VUMC buildings, and VUMC volunteers.</p> <p>Visiting team members. Includes visiting faculty and other visiting health care providers, fellows, house staff and visiting students.</p> <p>Just as for flu vaccinations, VUMC will review and consider exemption requests for VUMC employees and Allied Health students. Volunteers must be vaccinated in order to volunteer at VUMC.</p> <p>Please note that working remotely or job duties outside of patient care are not considered reasons for exemption.</p> <p>Please visit the Occupational Health Employee <a href="https://www.vumc.org/health-wellness/covid-19">COVID-19 Vaccine Program website</a> (password required) for full details about the COVID-19 vaccine program, the many options for obtaining your COVID-19 vaccine, how to report vaccinations obtained at places outside VUMC, and how VUMC employees, Allied Health students and volunteers can apply for exemptions.</p> <p>Others, such as non-VUMC students, should submit their exemption requests to their own schools.</p> <p><strong>Related links</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVideo091121">Watch</a> Dr. Balser's video message.<br />  </li> <li><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript08112021">Read</a> the transcript.</li> </ul> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Tue, 10 Aug 2021 21:34:21 +0000 manleycf 586 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VUMC Switching to New N-95 Respirator https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news/vumc-switching-new-n-95-respirator <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VUMC Switching to New N-95 Respirator</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/05/2021 - 09:06</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/578" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VUMC Switching to New N-95 Respirator"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>When worldwide supplies of N95 respirators became unstable in spring 2020, VUMC temporarily switched to alternate N95 respirators, the 3M 8210 and 3M 1860S.</p> <p>VUMC is now ready to stop using the alternate 3M respirators and will begin using the Prestige Ameritech N95 respirator. The 3M 8210 and 3M 1860S respirators will be discontinued, so all N95 users will need to be fitted for this new respirator.  </p> <p>All N95 users will need to sign up and attend a fit test session.</p> <p>The Office of Clinical and Research Safety (OCRS) will be conducting numerous fit test sessions from Aug. 10, 2021, through Sept. 24, 2021.  </p> <p>Note that if you have already been fitted with the Prestige Ameritech, you do not need to sign up – this would be indicated by an orange or purple Prestige sticker on your VUMC badge.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/safety/clinical/n-95-respirator-program">Sign up for a fit test session here.</a></p> <p>Please note that these decisions to switch respirators are based on a commitment to provide a comfortable N95 respirator that can be purchased in adequate quantities to maintain our inventory.</p> <p>All N95 respirators provided by VUMC conform to applicable standards for proper filtration and protection. Please contact OCRS at <a href="mailto:respirator@vumc.org">respirator@vumc.org</a> with any questions.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 05 Aug 2021 14:06:10 +0000 manleycf 578 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus You Asked, We Answered https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news-you-asked-we-answered/you-asked-we-answered <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">You Asked, We Answered</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/manleycf" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">manleycf</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 08/05/2021 - 09:01</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/577" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to You Asked, We Answered"> RSS: <i class="fa fa-rss-square"></i> </a> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>*<em>Editorial Note: </em>Pfizer's vaccine received full FDA approval on Aug. 23, 2021 for those age 16+. Pfizer is under EUA for ages 12-15. Vaccines from Moderna and J&amp;J remain under EUA as of Aug. 23, 2021.</p> <h3>This is still an experimental vaccine that has not been approved by the FDA, right?</h3> <p>It is inaccurate to say the COVID-19 vaccines available in the U.S. are "experimental" vaccines. These vaccines have been approved by the FDA through an Emergency Use Agreement. This process can only occur after extensive clinical trials that meet specific effectiveness and safety requirements, which these vaccines with FDA EUA approval have.</p> <h3>If vaccinated people now have to wear masks again, doesn't that mean the vaccine is no longer working?  Why should I get vaccinated?</h3> <p>The CDC is now recommending that all people, vaccinated and unvaccinated, wear masks when indoors. This is because they have found that when a vaccinated person gets infected, they are as contagious as an unvaccinated person. However, unvaccinated people are 8 times more likely to get infected in the first place. If they do get infected, they are 25 times more likely to require hospitalization and 25 times more likely to die from their infection.</p> <h3>I keep hearing about "breakthrough cases" of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people. What's the point in getting vaccinated if those people are getting sick too?</h3> <p>While these cases have gotten a lot of attention in the news, they are very uncommon compared with the number of unvaccinated people getting infected. Also, most of these infections in vaccinated people are mild and do not require medical care at a hospital. Importantly, unvaccinated people are 8 times more likely to get infected in the first place. If they do get infected, they are 25 times more likely to require hospitalization and 25 times more likely to die from their infection.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-lockdown-auth field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Lockdown Auth</div> <div class="field__item">1</div> </div> Thu, 05 Aug 2021 14:01:04 +0000 manleycf 577 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus