Blog RSS https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/ en Employee COVID-19 testing moves to Express Care Clinic https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news/employee-covid-19-testing-moves-express-care-clinic <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Employee COVID-19 testing moves to Express Care Clinic </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, 07/08/2021 - 08:43</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/569" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Employee COVID-19 testing moves to Express Care Clinic "> 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>The Vanderbilt University Medical Center East Ambulatory E-Pod, an employees-only COVID-19 assessment site on the second level of the East Garage, is closing on July 15.<br /> <br /> Beginning the morning of July 15, employees who become symptomatic for possible COVID-19 can be evaluated at the Occupational Health Express Care Clinic in Suite 112 of the Medical Arts Building, 1211 21st Avenue South.<br /> <br /> The Express Care Clinic will be dedicated solely to the assessment of employees with symptoms of COVID-19.<br /> <br /> Hours are 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.<br /> <br /> Non-COVID-19-related visits will continue as usual at the main Occupational Health Clinic (OHC) located on the sixth floor of the Medical Arts Building.</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, 08 Jul 2021 13:43:29 +0000 manleycf 569 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Changes to COVID Vaccination Locations https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news-vaccine/changes-covid-vaccination-locations <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Changes to COVID Vaccination Locations</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">Mon, 06/21/2021 - 15:24</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/568" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Changes to COVID Vaccination Locations"> 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="MsoPlainText">Tennesseans age 12 and older are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Tennessee Department of Health and the CDC.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">We encourage everyone who is eligible to get the vaccine to do so as soon as they get an opportunity that meets their needs and schedules. You don't have to be a current patient to get your vaccine from Vanderbilt Health, including Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">COVID-19 vaccines work. They are safe. And they are how we’ll put this pandemic behind us, together.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, there are changes to the locations where vaccines will be given as we transition to providing this service at primary care and walk-in clinics.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">The last day that first doses of the vaccine were given at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks was June 20, with second doses only given at this location until July 9. The last day first doses of the vaccine will be given at the theatre at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital is June 25, with second doses only given at this location until July 16.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">COVID-19 vaccines will be offered at primary care and walk-in clinics according to the schedule below.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>As of June 7</strong></p> <ul> <li class="MsoPlainText">Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Adolescent Medicine Clinic at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane, Nashville<br />  </li> <li class="MsoPlainText">Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s University Pediatrics Clinic at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane, Nashville<br />  </li> <li class="MsoPlainText">Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Pediatric Allergy/Immunology Clinic at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane, Nashville</li> </ul> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>As of June 14</strong></p> <ul> <li class="MsoPlainText">Vanderbilt Health Hendersonville, 128 North Anderson Lane, Hendersonville<br />  </li> <li class="MsoPlainText">Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s General Pediatrics at Doctor’s Office Tower, 2200 Children’s Way, Nashville</li> </ul> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>Beginning June 21</strong></p> <ul> <li class="MsoPlainText">Vanderbilt Health Primary Care &amp; Walk-in Clinic, 7069-B Highway 70 South, Bellevue<br />  </li> <li class="MsoPlainText">Vanderbilt Health Primary Care &amp; Walk-in Clinic Melrose, 2608 8th Ave. South, Berry Hill</li> </ul> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>Beginning June 28</strong></p> <ul> <li class="MsoPlainText">TVC Medical Specialties Clinic, 1301 Medical Center Dr., Suite 2501, Nashville</li> </ul> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>Beginning June 29</strong></p> <ul> <li class="MsoPlainText">Vanderbilt Primary Care North at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks, 719 Thompson Lane, Nashville</li> </ul> <p class="MsoPlainText">Vanderbilt patients can schedule a vaccine appointment through My Health at Vanderbilt. If they are not yet vaccinated and have clinic visits in MCE, TVC, DOT or OHO, they can get vaccinated on a walk-in basis.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">All adult inpatients are offered a COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital is giving vaccines to anyone age 12 and older on a first-come, first-serve basis, on Monday and Friday only. During Holiday weeks, the vaccination schedule will be Tuesday and Friday. Go to the main entrance of the hospital for screening and registration.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">The mass vaccination location at Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital in Shelbyville is now closed. Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital is only providing second doses of the vaccine for those 16 and older.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText"><strong>Schedule your vaccine online </strong></p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Teens and adolescents younger than 18 must be with a parent or guardian, who can get their vaccine at the same time.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Vaccines can be scheduled at these links:</p> <ul> <li class="MsoPlainText"><a href="https://myhealthatvanderbilt.com">Current patients (My Health at Vanderbilt)</a><br />  </li> <li class="MsoPlainText"><a href="https://covid-vaccine.app.vumc.org/registration/">General public </a></li> </ul> <p class="MsoPlainText">If you don't see an appointment that is convenient for you, check back. We add new appointments as we get new shipments of vaccine.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Continue to <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines">check this page </a>for updated information about scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine from Vanderbilt Health or a location closer to home. If you have any questions, please call (888) 312-0847.</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, 21 Jun 2021 20:24:31 +0000 manleycf 568 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Additional information about new VUMC masking guidance & “Vaccinated” ID badge stickers https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news/additional-information-about-new-vumc-masking-guidance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Additional information about new VUMC masking guidance &amp; “Vaccinated” ID badge stickers </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">Mon, 06/07/2021 - 12:27</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/567" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Additional information about new VUMC masking guidance &amp; “Vaccinated” ID badge stickers "> 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="MsoPlainText">With decreasing COVID-19 infections and increasing vaccination rates, along with continued, updated CDC guidance, VUMC continues to evaluate and update safety practices.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">All updates are aimed to balance the continued safety of VUMC workforce, patients and visitors while also appropriately relaxing safety practices that are no longer required.  </p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Recently, VUMC released <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/updated-covid-19-infection-prevention-guidance-non-clinical-areas">new COVID-19 guidance</a> and the announcement that the Occupational Health Clinic began distributing <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/occupational-health-clinic-vaccine-id-badge-sticker-program">“vaccinated” ID badge stickers </a>to VUMC workforce members.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">This is additional information about both topics.</p> <h3 class="MsoPlainText">What is the vaccinated ID badge sticker and what does it allow the individual to do?</h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">1) The voluntary vaccinated sticker program allows employees to be quickly identified as fully vaccinated for COVID-19.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">2) In non-clinical settings (defined as areas or spaces where patients or visitors are not present) individuals can be in the area without a mask. Even with the vaccinated sticker, individuals need to wear a mask in all indoor clinical and public areas where patients and visitors may be present.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">3) The sticker allows in-person meeting participants to see whether other individuals are vaccinated and can be in non-clinical meeting spaces without a mask or distancing.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">4) The sticker allows employees to choose whether to wear eye protection when seeing patients who are not on COVID-19 precautions. All employees should continue to wear eye protection when working with blood and body fluids. Employees who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear eye protection for all patient encounters.</p> <h3 class="MsoPlainText">Clarifications on current masking and COVID-19 guidance (<a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/updated-covid-19-infection-prevention-guidance-non-clinical-areas">issued</a> on May 25, 2021)</h3> <p class="MsoPlainText">1) Masking is still required in all indoor clinical and public spaces where patients or visitors are present, regardless of vaccination status or having a vaccine sticker. This includes elevators where patients and visitors are or may be present. However, social distancing is no longer required in elevators due to the short duration of time spent.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">2) COVID-19 daily symptom and temperature screening has ceased, and daily screening stickers are no longer needed when entering VUMC facilities. Screening stations are still in place to monitor for masking, employee ID badges, and visitor compliance.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">3) If you see someone without a mask in a VUMC indoor public space where patients and visitors are or may be present, kindly remind the individual of our policy to remain masked in areas where patients may be present. Individuals should respond in a Credo manner to this important reminder.</p> <p class="MsoPlainText">Additional information at this set of <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/frequently-asked-questions-updated-mask-guidance">Commonly Asked Questions.</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, 07 Jun 2021 17:27:42 +0000 manleycf 567 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Same Day COVID-19 Vaccinations Now Available for Patients https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/same-day-covid-19-vaccinations-now-available-patients <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Same Day COVID-19 Vaccinations Now Available for Patients </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, 04/20/2021 - 11:05</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/562" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Same Day COVID-19 Vaccinations Now Available for 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>According to the Tennessee Department of Health, everyone ages 16 and older in Tennessee is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <p>Vanderbilt University Medical Center is continuing to operate mass vaccination sites on the main campus at Light Hall and at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks.</p> <p>Patients can schedule a vaccine appointment through My Health at Vanderbilt, or if<br /> they are not yet vaccinated and have clinic visits in in MCE, TVC, DOT or OHO, they can get vaccinated on a <u>walk-in basis</u>.</p> <p><strong>Here’s what you need to know:</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong>Walk-in vaccine appointments are available for patients with visits.</strong> Clinicians can send their patients to the COVID vaccination sites located on the 2nd floor of Light Hall or on the 3rd floor of OHO.</li> <li>Patients may have questions about the vaccines. As a reminder, here is the link to our <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines">COVID-19 website and Commonly Asked Questions</a> answered by Vanderbilt Health experts.</li> <li>The time this will take varies. Wait times are usually short – 10-20 minutes – and patients need to wait 15 minutes after their shots for observation.</li> <li>Pfizer vaccine is being given at these locations. Each person vaccinated will need a second shot 21 days later and will have to come back to the same location. So that will need to be considered.</li> <li>If it isn’t convenient for patients on the day of their clinic visit, encourage them to go to My Health at Vanderbilt or call 888-312-0847 to schedule at a time that works for them.</li> <li>Because of the 2nd shot, if patients live too far away for either of these sites to be a convenient option, point them <a href="https://www.VaccineFinder.org">to VaccineFinder.org</a> to find a vaccine closer to home.</li> </ul> <p>As a health care leader in the community, we ask our workforce to please encourage the public to get vaccinated and let them know their options. Thank you for helping us get our patients vaccinated quickly!</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> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 16:05:55 +0000 big chief 562 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Vanderbilt Health Offering COVID-19 Vaccine to Patients and Public https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/vanderbilt-health-offering-covid-19-vaccine-patients-and-public <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Vanderbilt Health Offering COVID-19 Vaccine to Patients and Public</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, 04/20/2021 - 11:03</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/561" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Vanderbilt Health Offering COVID-19 Vaccine to Patients and Public"> 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>Tennesseans age 16 and older are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. Everyone who is eligible is encouraged to get the vaccine, and to do so as soon as they have an opportunity that meets their needs and schedule.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines">Anyone</a> can schedule a vaccination appointment with Vanderbilt Health, even if they have not been a Vanderbilt patient before.</p> <p>Teens under age 18 must be with a parent or guardian. That parent or guardian and other family members can get their shot at the same time, if they wish.</p> <p>To schedule, use the link below to find an appointment at a convenient location, or call <strong>888-312-0847</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/GetVaccines">Learn more here</a> about scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine from Vanderbilt Health in Nashville, Lebanon, Shelbyville and Tullahoma, or finding an appointment at a location closer to home.</p> <p>COVID-19 vaccines work. They are safe. And they are how we will put the pandemic behind us.</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> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 16:03:15 +0000 big chief 561 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Masks Continue to be Required Throughout VUMC Campuses https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/masks-continue-be-required-throughout-vumc-campuses <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Masks Continue to be Required Throughout VUMC Campuses</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, 04/20/2021 - 10:59</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/560" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Masks Continue to be Required Throughout VUMC Campuses"> 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>While Metro Davidson County and surrounding counties have relaxed masking requirements, employees, patients and visitors to VUMC’s campuses should continue to mask. In addition to vaccination, masking remains one of the principal methods to control the spread of the virus causing COVID-19.<br /> Masking continues to be required for all areas where masks have been required, including breakrooms, parking garages and outdoor spaces such as the Medical Center Plaza.</p> <p><br /> Information about appropriate mask wearing can be <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/Wear%20your%20mask%20correctly%20-%208.17.2020%20%281%29.pdf">found here</a>. Information about appropriate eye protection can be <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/EyeProtection%20and%20Surgical%20Mask.pdf">found 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> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:59:49 +0000 big chief 560 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Updated Screening Guidelines for Employee Entrances https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/updated-screening-guidelines-employee-entrances <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Updated Screening Guidelines for Employee Entrances</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, 04/20/2021 - 10:58</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/559" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Updated Screening Guidelines for Employee Entrances"> 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>The VUMC employee entrance screening process has moved to employees self-monitoring for COVID symptoms. Employee only entrances (Au Bon Pain, VCH, TVC2, OHO G, 2525, TVC1, MCE) are now  staffed by one screener to monitor the thermal camera and ensure stickers are available for employees.</p> <p>Employees will walk in, pick up a screening sticker off the table and, assuming no fever, proceed through the entrance.</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> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:58:11 +0000 big chief 559 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Hotel Stay Program Served VUMC Well During First Year of COVID-19 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/hotel-stay-program-served-vumc-well-during-first-year-covid-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hotel Stay Program Served VUMC Well During First Year of COVID-19</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, 04/20/2021 - 10:54</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/558" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Hotel Stay Program Served VUMC Well During First Year of 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>VUMC’s popular <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/hotel-stay-program">hotel stay program</a> was launched in the spring of 2020 to offer Vanderbilt employees working with or near patients a temporary housing option near the Medical Center’s main campus. After nearly a year of serving the Vanderbilt community, the program ended on March 31, 2021, as all VUMC employees were offered the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.</p> <p>Staying in one of these rooms helped employees to avoid long commutes, worked to minimize potential spread of COVID-19 to employees’ family members (or other individuals with whom they share a residence), and gave them a nearby place to recharge. The rooms were located within walking distance of the main campus and offered at a low co-pay per night for eligible employees.</p> <p>Since the program’s inception, about 800 employees, most of them “repeat customers,” made nearly 2,900 reservations. These reservations represented approximately 19,000 individual hotel nights and an average stay of almost a week.</p> <p>One employee who took advantage of the program was Michelle Corbin, a nurse who works in the Vanderbilt Belle Meade walk-in clinic. “I live three hours away, so the hotel stay program helped me work a steadier schedule that was uninterrupted during the pandemic,” said Corbin. “It helped me provide for my family during such a trying time by providing an affordable, safe place to stay.”</p> <p>Behind the program was a small team representing multiple departments from all over the Medical Center. They were responsible for working with the hotel, managing the program, and helping their fellow employees navigate booking a room.</p> <p>Associate Chief of Staff John Morris, MD, explained, “We wouldn’t have been able to continue the program without the work of a very dedicated team who made the reservation process easy for our employees.”</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> Tue, 20 Apr 2021 15:54:00 +0000 big chief 558 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Hotel stay program will end on March 31 https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/hotel-stay-program-will-end-march-31 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Hotel stay program will end on March 31</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/coronavirus/users/currinma" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">currinma</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/02/2021 - 14:17</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/552" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Hotel stay program will end on March 31"> 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>VUMC’s popular <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/hotel-stay-program">hotel stay program</a>, which offered temporary housing options for employees who work with patients, will end March 31.</p> <p>The program was launched in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. It allowed employees who work with or near patients to take advantage of VUMC’s partnership with local hotels to provide temporary housing options near the main campus.  </p> <p>Staying in one of these rooms helped employees to avoid long commutes, worked to minimize potential spread of COVID-19 to employees’ family members (or other individuals with whom they share a residence), and gave them a nearby place to recharge. The rooms were located within walking distance of the main campus and were offered at a low co-pay per night for eligible employees.</p> <p>Since the program’s beginning, more than 2,600 reservations have been made, representing approximately 17,500 individual hotel nights.</p> <p>Because VUMC employees have all been offered the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, there is no longer a high demand for the hotel rooms. Nearly three-quarters of the VUMC workforce has been vaccinated against COVID-19.</p> <p>Reservations may continue to be made through March 31 via a customized form on <a href="https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/nashville/bnavb/hoteldetail?fromRedirect=true&amp;qSrt=sBR&amp;qIta=99801505&amp;icdv=99801505&amp;qSlH=BNAVB&amp;qGrpCd=VUM&amp;setPMCookies=true&amp;qSHBrC=HI&amp;qDest=2613%20West%20End%20Ave,%20Nashville,%20TN,%20US&amp;srb_u=1">the hotel website</a>. Additional information and FAQs are available on the <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/hotel-stay-program">program webpage</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> Tue, 02 Mar 2021 20:17:46 +0000 currinma 552 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus What are the recommendations around wearing double masks? https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/what-are-recommendations-around-wearing-double-masks <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">What are the recommendations around wearing double masks?</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, 02/22/2021 - 11:20</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/549" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to What are the recommendations around wearing double masks?"> 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>On Feb. 10, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of a study that examined aerosol spread between mannequin heads wearing masks. The study results further confirmed that wearing a well-fitting mask can significantly reduce (by about 95%) the risk of coronavirus exposure.</p> <p>The CDC also <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/mask-fit-and-filtration.html#improve-fit">provided tips</a> for having a well-fitting mask and noted that double-masking may be helpful to improve fit, but is not necessary for all.</p> <p>The infection prevention team has considered the results of the study. VUMC's masking guidance continues to be the following:</p> <ul> <li>Wear surgical/procedure masks in all clinical areas (with eye protection for patient encounters) and</li> <li>Cloth masks may be worn in non-clinical areas.</li> <li>Multi-layer cloth masks are preferred instead of single layer cloth masks.</li> <li>Masks should fit close to the face.</li> <li>Masks should be worn over the mouth <strong><u>AND</u></strong> nose.</li> </ul> <p>If you have a mask that is not well-fitting with gaps on the side (see photo A), the fit may be improved by using ear loop straps where they meet the mask and tucking the excess mask underneath, as was done in the CDC study (see photo C).</p> <p>We do not recommend double masking unless, as noted by the CDC, you are unable to have a well-fitted mask.</p> <p>All masking guidelines remain in effect regardless of vaccination status. It is still required for all workforce members to wear a well-fitted mask until studies are complete to understand the transmission of COVID-19 in vaccinated individuals.</p> <p><img alt="Mask Gap" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/Picture1a.png" class="align-left" /><img alt="Fitted Mask" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/Picture1.png" class="align-left" /></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, 22 Feb 2021 17:20:30 +0000 big chief 549 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO Message from Dr. Jeff Balser: Our Colleagues Are Strong But Need Our Support https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVIdeo01132021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO Message from Dr. Jeff Balser: Our Colleagues Are Strong But Need Our Support</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">Wed, 01/13/2021 - 09:37</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/536" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO Message from Dr. Jeff Balser: Our Colleagues Are Strong But Need Our Support"> 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>Now 11 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Jeff Balser, President and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, talks about the very important things we can all do to help others who we sense are under strain of COVID-19 and the hardships it brings. Your courage and commitment are visible, recognized and appreciated. </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/NSVS01PmlMA" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript01132021">Read the transcript</a>.</p> <ul> <li>Watch COVID-19 ICU nurse Ashley Myers <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=157806252455933">"video diary" on Facebook</a>.</li> <li>Watch other <a href="https://www.facebook.com/watch/99104920858/211215717208794/">COVID-19 "video diaries"</a> from your VUMC colleagues.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Related resources:</strong></p> <ul> <li>See more about COVID-19 vaccines including <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccines">the latest in our video series</a>.</li> <li>Search or browse more than <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/common-covid-vaccine-questions">100 common questions about COVID-19 vaccines</a> answered by Vanderbilt Health experts.</li> <li>(<strong>VUMC Employees ONLY</strong>) <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/enroll-now-receive-covid-19-vaccine">Enroll </a>in the VUMC Employee Vaccination Program.</li> <li>COVID-19 vaccination information <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/PatientVaccines">for VUMC patients</a>.</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> Wed, 13 Jan 2021 15:37:52 +0000 manleycf 536 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Message from Dr. Pinson: Teamwork, dedication and compassion will see us through https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/CWPMessage01112021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Message from Dr. Pinson: Teamwork, dedication and compassion will see us through</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">Mon, 01/11/2021 - 13:40</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/532" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Message from Dr. Pinson: Teamwork, dedication and compassion will see us through"> 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>Colleagues,</p> <p>Even though the wonderful progress of the COVID-19 vaccine has offered reassurance that control over the pandemic is somewhere on the horizon, we are in an uphill phase right now due to more than 2 months of steadily rising cases.</p> <p>Like many other hospitals across the nation, we are feeling stressed.  </p> <p>Currently there are more than 3,000 Tennesseans hospitalized with COVID, an all-time high. Similarly, each day for the past several weeks we have been caring for more than 170 COVID patients in our own hospitals with the bulk of these being managed in Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital.</p> <p>The challenge of caring for this additional population, while also providing services to many other patients from across the region who need our care, is physically and emotionally draining for our physicians, nurses, and staff. Everyone is working harder than ever. We are responsible for an increasing number of patients requiring airway support including ventilation and ECMO to survive.</p> <p>Despite the challenges associated with increased morbidity, our survival rates across all age groups remain excellent. These remarkable outcomes are further testament to the commitment and expertise of our clinical teams.</p> <p>At the same time, we are caring for record numbers of patients, other teams have created and executed a sophisticated plan to enroll, schedule and vaccinate our workforce. If you have not been vaccinated yet, I strongly encourage you to take this important step to protect yourself and others.</p> <p>Beginning this week, in accordance with Tennessee Department of Health guidelines, we will also begin to vaccinate our patients who are age 75 and older.</p> <p>Several have commented that our annual flu vaccine event in past years, Flulapalooza, helped us prepare our organization to rapidly administer so many vaccines. But this is still very different given the massive number of patients that need to be vaccinated. This has been, and continues to be, an enormous and complex process which we are continually refining and will take many months to complete.    </p> <p>Last spring allowed us to prepare for what we are doing now to care for such large numbers of COVID patients. At that time more than 1,000 employees were crossed-trained and readied to serve in different roles or different parts of the organization. With increasing numbers of our workforce sick with COVID or at home self-isolating due to household exposure we have begun enacting this plan. I understand this is uncomfortable for some in our organization to move into a different role and want to express my sincere appreciation for this "can-do" approach to work that must be done.</p> <p>The Medical Center’s COVID Command Center opened the first week of March 2020 and has remained operational since. For 10 months we have met each new challenge associated with the pandemic. I have complete confidence in each of you, no matter what lies ahead. Together, we will see this through.</p> <p>The teamwork, dedication and compassion on display across our organization for each of these efforts has been inspiring to witness. I’m sure we all feel that. But we also need to recognize our own stress and strain. Please provide thoughtful emotional support for yourselves and each other. Know that the Employee Assistance Program is available for individual or group care anytime it is needed.</p> <p>And remember for now to wear your mask in and out of work, physically distance and wash your hands frequently.</p> <p>Sincerely, C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD<br /> Deputy Chief Executive Officer<br /> Chief Health System Officer                </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 Jan 2021 19:40:45 +0000 manleycf 532 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 Workforce Vaccine Update https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news-vaccine/covid-19-workforce-vaccine-update <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Workforce Vaccine Update</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, 01/08/2021 - 13:20</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/529" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Workforce Vaccine Update"> 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>VUMC continues to vaccinate all enrolled VUMC workforce members for COVID-19. To date, more than 19,000 employees have received their first dose of the vaccine or are scheduled in the coming days.  </p> <p>While there continues to be a supply of vaccine available, as more groups outside of VUMC are made eligible, such as individuals age 75 and older, there may not be as much availability or convenience to schedule.</p> <p>“If you haven’t received the first shot of the vaccine yet, for your safety, and the safety of your family, coworkers and our patients, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated if you are medically eligible,” said Tom Talbot, MD MPH, Chief Hospital Epidemiologist.</p> <p>The workforce vaccination process is being managed by Occupational Health.</p> <p>“Careful screening is performed at the time of vaccination, and the vaccine has been tolerated well," said Lori Rolando, MD., director of Occupational Health. "The most common reported side effect is a sore arm.”</p> <p>Beginning Jan. 8 workforce members will start to receive the second dose of the vaccine.</p> <p>As a reminder we do expect individuals to experience moderate side effects to the second dose, but not effects that would prevent you from performing daily activities. You may wish to take an anti-inflammatory medication (like ibuprofen) after getting the second vaccine dose, particularly if you noted side effects after dose #1.  Also refer to the helpful guide “<a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/Can%20I%20go%20to%20work%20after%20my%20COVID-19%20vaccine.pdf">Can I go to work after my COVID-19 vaccine</a>?”</p> <p>Please bring the COVID-19 vaccine card with you that you were provided when you received your first shot.  </p> <p>There is a <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/common-covid-vaccine-questions">detailed list of common questions</a> with answers from VUMC’s experts. This site also has other resources from VUMC experts to help inform that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and important to get if you are medically eligible.</p> <p>You can enroll to be scheduled by your manager to get the vaccine by <a href="https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=R8AF8JT8E4">completing this enrollment form</a>.</p> <p>This enrollment process does not include employees working at Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital or Vanderbilt Tullahoma-Harton Hospital. Employees at these facilities should work with occupational health resources in each hospital location.</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, 08 Jan 2021 19:20:35 +0000 manleycf 529 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccines: Chorus of Communication is Critical https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/Chorus-of-Communication <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">COVID-19 Vaccines: Chorus of Communication is Critical</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">Mon, 12/28/2020 - 15:56</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/521" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to COVID-19 Vaccines: Chorus of Communication is Critical"> 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="Jeff Balser" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/Balser_Jeff%202020%20PREFER%20245%20%281%29.jpg" class="align-center" /></p> <p><em>A Holiday Gift: A message to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and its colleagues, patients and friends from Dr. Jeff Balser, Dean and CEO:</em></p> <p>Against the noisy background of masking debates, surges, flattening curves, warp speed initiatives, conflicting messages, misinformation, political controversies — not to mention a revolutionary mRNA technology — millions of people are deciding whether to take the COVID-19 vaccine.</p> <p>This, however, is clear: In the U.S., more than 325,000 people have died from COVID-19, with over 3,000 people dying each day. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, like other hospitals and health systems across the nation, is experiencing what promises to be a long and very dark winter.</p> <p>As much as we all might wish, the ills of 2020 will not vanish at the stroke of midnight as we welcome 2021.</p> <p>The next year will be ushered in with record numbers of people still becoming ill and requiring hospitalization — and the death toll will keep rising.</p> <p>Today we are vaccinating those at greatest risk: the people working at our nation's hospitals and medical centers.</p> <blockquote> <p>Soon there will be sufficient vaccine supplies to begin the much-anticipated process of vaccinating the millions of people living and working throughout our country.</p> </blockquote> <p>Yet finding that light at the end of the tunnel requires much more than giving two doses to everyone who wants to be vaccinated.</p> <p>As if the most ambitious vaccination effort in human history isn’t enough of a challenge, conquering COVID-19 means we need to build a cocoon of safety for those we can’t effectively immunize, our young children and our loved ones with conditions that suppress their immune systems. People who cannot be safeguarded by taking the vaccine themselves, either because it isn’t yet available to them, or because their immune systems won’t respond even if they do take it.</p> <p>This is why we so desperately need to achieve so called “herd immunity.” An often-discussed term, it’s when a sufficient number of us are immune to COVID-19 that indirect protection is provided to those who are not actually immune to the disease. Essentially, it’s when so many people are immune that the virus can’t spread through the population.</p> <h3>We need "herd immunity" but that won't be easy</h3> <p>Achieving herd immunity for COVID-19 is a huge challenge. Unlike the flu, where many of us have some level of immunity from years of exposure to similar flu strains, this is a new virus for all of us. Projections show we need 70%-90% of the population to be vaccinated in order to protect those for whom we care but cannot protect themselves.</p> <p>Given the COVID-19 vaccines are more than 90% effective, it is understandable that many people will take the vaccine to protect themselves. But we also know that many people — up to half of all Americans in some surveys — are considering not taking it.</p> <p>The reasons range from concerns about the newness of the vaccine and its safety, to general mistrust of research stemming from historical abuses such as the Tuskegee syphilis study, to skepticism about whether COVID-19 is even a serious problem.</p> <p>So, if the only rationale to take the vaccine is “I will be protected,” then how do we convince those already reluctant to get vaccinated, especially when their personal risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 may be small?</p> <blockquote> <p>Just as Lincoln opined in his first inaugural address, this is a time for us to express “the better angels of our nature.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Beyond protecting ourselves directly, taking the vaccine to help achieve herd immunity isn’t an abstraction of epidemiology and science — it is a work of compassion. For those healthy and young, it’s a selfless act: “I’m doing this for you, even more than for me.”</p> <p>It’s an expression of concern for someone requiring immunosuppressants after an organ transplant whom we don’t even know. It’s an expression of care for someone who has been unemployed since the pandemic began, now struggling with food insecurity and homelessness.</p> <p>It is this compassion for all in the face of measured uncertainty that we are asking everyone in our country to embrace.</p> <p>During World War II many of our citizens sent their family members overseas to fight in a war that threatened our way of life. Of the 16 million Americans who served in our military forces during the war over 400,000 died, so the chances of dying were in retrospect about 3%.</p> <p>That’s not much different than the average risk of dying, across all ages and conditions, when someone has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the U.S. Wouldn’t we agree the pandemic threatens our way of life today, causing the most unemployment since the Great Depression and more than 325,000 deaths so far?</p> <h3>We need to build understanding and that starts with listening</h3> <p>Compassion flows from understanding, and we need to build that understanding with our neighbors, friends, and family. And we need to listen.</p> <p>Many people have fears about taking this vaccine. It is comforting that it has been tested exhaustively in many thousands of people, with clinical trials that are even larger and more diverse than those we have used for vaccines in the past. But it is still the case that the technology is new and we completed the work in record time — and for some, that’s unsettling. And there is always an element of faith when people take a new treatment, including a vaccine.</p> <p>However, what feels to many of us like the “sudden” appearance of two remarkably effective RNA-based vaccines isn’t very surprising at all. It’s the result of decades of public investment in government-funded research, alongside investments by industry and foundations, coupled with painstaking work by thousands of researchers over decades.</p> <p>This is no different than landing on the moon or sequencing the genome. Much to celebrate, but also based on our history of swift scientific innovation in this country, practically inevitable.</p> <blockquote> <p>We also need to engage our communities by singing, not shouting. Most people are not looking for a lecture.</p> </blockquote> <p>Instead, people want us to listen and to hear what they’re not saying: is it the nitty gritty science they want, or is it validation that it’s OK to be apprehensive? Are they looking for someone who empathizes and understands they’re afraid — a fear that may be more agonizing to them than COVID-19?</p> <p>This is one of those communication challenges where we need to harmonize like a chorus. The beauty of a chorus is that while everyone is singing from the same musical composition, the notes are not the same for each member. The full range of tones, with varied pitches, intensities, and timbres, all create the resonating mixture of sound that attracts us to listen and holds our attention.</p> <p>Our diversity as a nation provides that complex range of singing voices, with varied communication styles and personal experiences — all influenced by our races, ages, gender preferences, and social and political backgrounds. Our chorus of perspectives is essential to making the case for immunization.</p> <p>And finally — what better message at the holiday season?</p> <p>Before we can all remove our masks and be confident that we are truly caring for our neighbor, we need to give everyone a gift — including many people we don’t even know.</p> <p>The gift of vaccinating ourselves.</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, 28 Dec 2020 21:56:43 +0000 manleycf 521 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus Occupational Health reminders for COVID-19 vaccination https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news-vaccine/occupational-health-reminders-covid-19-vaccination <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Occupational Health reminders for COVID-19 vaccination</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, 12/22/2020 - 11:08</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/519" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to Occupational Health reminders for COVID-19 vaccination"> 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 COVID-19 vaccination has begun across VUMC, it is important to be aware of the following considerations as appointments are scheduled.</p> <ul> <li>At this time, it is recommended that the COVID-19 vaccine not be given within 14 days of any other vaccines. Therefore, you should not get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have had another vaccine within the last 14 days, and you should not get any other vaccines for 14 days after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.<br />   <ul> <li>This applies to both the first dose and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (If you have already received your COVID-19 vaccine and it was within 14 days of another vaccine, you do not have to repeat the dose and can get your second dose as scheduled.)</li> <li>If you have other vaccines that are coming due, please contact your provider to discuss appropriate timing of these vaccines in relation to your COVID-19 vaccine.<br />  </li> </ul> </li> <li>If you have a vaccine that is required for work coming due and are scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please contact Occupational Health with any questions.<br />  </li> <li>If you have received either monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma as a treatment for COVID-19 infection, you should wait 90 days before getting vaccinated.<br />  </li> <li>Once you are vaccinated you can enroll in the CDC app:  <a href="https://vsafe.cdc.gov/">https://vsafe.cdc.gov/</a>. <span style="font-size:11pt"><span style="line-height:107%"><span style="font-family:Calibri,sans-serif">This smartphone-based tool checks in on you after your vaccination.</span></span></span><br />  </li> <li>If you are a close contact that is deemed to require quarantine due to COVID-19, you should not get the vaccine until out of quarantine. Please work with your manager to cancel your appointment.<br />  </li> <li>As you arrive for your vaccine, your vaccinator will screen you to ensure you do not have any contraindications to vaccination (reasons it would be unsafe for you to get the vaccine).</li> </ul> <p>These are not absolute contraindications to getting the vaccine. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes these recommendations to ensure administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is as safe and effective as possible.</p> <p>Therefore, we want to ensure everyone is aware of these time-related guidelines so that you can schedule your vaccine at the appropriate time.</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, 22 Dec 2020 17:08:55 +0000 manleycf 519 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus More than half VUMC's workforce enrolled to date for COVID-19 vaccines https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news-vaccine/more-half-vumcs-workforce-enrolled-date-covid-19 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">More than half VUMC&#039;s workforce enrolled to date for COVID-19 vaccines</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, 12/22/2020 - 11:01</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/518" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to More than half VUMC&#039;s workforce enrolled to date for COVID-19 vaccines"> 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 first days of the workforce COVID-19 vaccination effort, more than 3,000 vaccinations have been given. More than 15,000 members of VUMC’s workforce have enrolled to receive vaccine.  </p> <p>In order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the first step for a member of VUMC’s workforce is <a href="https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=R8AF8JT8E4">to enroll here</a>.</p> <p>Once enrolled, timing of vaccination is determined by health care worker prioritization guidance from the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health based on risk of exposure.</p> <p>Workforce members who are frontline and in COVID patient-facing areas are first, followed by all other patient-facing areas.</p> <p>Then, the rest of the workforce will be vaccinated as additional supplies of vaccine become available. Based on the supply of vaccine currently available, we cannot vaccinate all areas at the same time.  </p> <p>Managers will schedule workforce members for their vaccine. Managers are being notified when workforce members are able to be scheduled.  </p> <p>All workforce members who enroll will be scheduled to receive the vaccine. Some workforce members will receive their vaccination earlier than others due to vaccine supply and risk prioritization. </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, 22 Dec 2020 17:01:14 +0000 manleycf 518 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus First COVID-19 vaccines given to VUMC employees https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news-vaccine/first-covid-19-vaccines-given-vumc-employees <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">First COVID-19 vaccines given to VUMC employees</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, 12/17/2020 - 12:11</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/514" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to First COVID-19 vaccines given to VUMC employees"> 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>The first of Vanderbilt University Medical Center's front-line workers who serve patients with COVID-19 received the vaccine. We all hope this is the first step to the end of the pandemic.</p> <p>We also continue to implore everyone to continue to wear masks when you leave your home, maintain social distancing from others (at least 6 feet) and wash your hands well and often. It will take months for enough people to be vaccinated to end the pandemic.</p> <p>We broadcast this historic occasion on the Vanderbilt Health Facebook page. Please <a href="https://fb.watch/2rmAnCshC2/">visit the post</a> and share with your family and friends!</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/o7_klC4ID7o?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Robin Steaban, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer for Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital, vaccinated five COVID front-line workers during an event hosted by VUMC and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee.</p> <p>Those who received the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine include Tesha Akins, environmental technician; Lisa Flemmons, MSN, acute care nurse practitioner; Sophie Whitaker, registered respiratory therapist; Cody Hamilton, RN; and Todd Rice, MD, associate professor of Medicine in Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and director of the Medical ICU.      </p> <p>The first vaccines launch a careful process VUMC’s first shipment of about 9,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to protect front-line health care workers who are at most risk from COVID-19.</p> <p>VUMC’s COVID vaccination plan calls for front-line physicians, nurses and staff, such as those who work with confirmed COVID patients during each shift, to have the first opportunity to get the vaccine. VUMC will vaccinate its entire workforce over time as additional supplies of vaccine become available.  </p> <h3>Related information:</h3> <ul> <li>Check out our new <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-vaccine-videos">Vaccine Videos page</a>.</li> <li>Enroll in the <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/enroll-now-receive-covid-19-vaccine">VUMC employee vaccination program</a>.</li> <li>Review the growing list of <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/common-questions-about-covid-19-vaccines">Common Questions about COVID Vaccines</a>.</li> </ul> <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, 17 Dec 2020 18:11:36 +0000 manleycf 514 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus NEW! Updates to Common Questions about COVID Vaccines https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees-latest-news/new-updates-common-questions-about-covid-vaccines <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">NEW! Updates to Common Questions about COVID Vaccines</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">Sun, 12/13/2020 - 13:50</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/505" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to NEW! Updates to Common Questions about COVID Vaccines"> 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>Over the weekend, the COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration. </p> <p>As a result, we've updated a few of the <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/common-questions-about-covid-19-vaccines">Common Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines</a>, including:</p> <ul> <li>Pregnant women are no longer excluded from getting the vaccine.</li> <li>Vaccines are also recommended for 17-year-olds (previous recommendation had been 18 and over).</li> <li>We've added more detail about contraindications.</li> </ul> <p>Questions that are marked as "NEW!" are updated or newly added from the previous week day.</p> <p>As always, watch for the latest news in your inbox in MyVUMC.</p> <h3>Related information:</h3> <ul> <li>Watch <a href="https://sso.service.vumc.org/idp/startSSO.ping?PartnerSpId=https%3A%2F%2Flearningexchange.vumc.org%2FAccount%2FSAML&amp;TargetResource=https%3A%2F%2Flearningexchange.vumc.org%2F%23%2Fonline-courses%2F864296db-4a09-4011-995f-94eb5444770e">Vaccine 101</a> in the Learning Exchange.</li> <li>Enroll in the <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/enroll-now-receive-covid-19-vaccine">VUMC employee vaccination program</a>.</li> </ul> <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> Sun, 13 Dec 2020 19:50:53 +0000 manleycf 505 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus VIDEO: Dr. Balser with encouraging COVID vaccine info for employees https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBVideo12142020 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">VIDEO: Dr. Balser with encouraging COVID vaccine info for employees</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">Sun, 12/13/2020 - 13:25</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/504" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to VIDEO: Dr. Balser with encouraging COVID vaccine info for employees"> 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>Dr. Jeff Balser, President and CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, gives the latest news about COVID vaccination for VUMC employees, which could begin by week's end. He also reports on the impact of the current surge on VUMC operations and looks ahead to the holidays.</p> <p><a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/JRBTranscript12142020">Read the transcript</a>.</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/Kl1dyEqojtI?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Related information:</p> <ul> <li>Watch <a href="https://sso.service.vumc.org/idp/startSSO.ping?PartnerSpId=https%3A%2F%2Flearningexchange.vumc.org%2FAccount%2FSAML&amp;TargetResource=https%3A%2F%2Flearningexchange.vumc.org%2F%23%2Fonline-courses%2F864296db-4a09-4011-995f-94eb5444770e">Vaccine 101</a> in the Learning Exchange.</li> <li>Enroll in the <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/covid-19-news-employees/enroll-now-receive-covid-19-vaccine">VUMC employee vaccination program</a>.</li> <li>Check out the growing list of <a href="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/common-questions-about-covid-19-vaccines">Common Questions about COVID Vaccines</a>. (Those marked "NEW!" are newly added or updated). </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> Sun, 13 Dec 2020 19:25:51 +0000 manleycf 504 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus The Good Job Report https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/latest-news/good-job-report-8 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Good Job Report</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, 12/07/2020 - 09:32</span> <a href="/coronavirus/blog-post-rss/497" class="feed-icon" title="Subscribe to The Good Job Report"> 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>Another of our regular collection of thank-yous and kudos. Everyone at VUMC makes a difference and this is a small sampling of expressions of gratitude.<br />  </p> <p><img alt="Good Job Report Dec 7" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="1310" src="https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus/sites/default/files/COVID%20Documents/Screen%20Shot%202020-12-07%20at%209.33.00%20AM.png" width="1012" /></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, 07 Dec 2020 15:32:32 +0000 big chief 497 at https://www.vumc.org/coronavirus