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Here is where you'll find updates as they happen about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and VUMC's preparations.

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Note that these blog posts are published in real time and are accurate as of the date posted (or updated as indicated).   

Hotel stay program will end on March 31

VUMC’s popular hotel stay program, which offered temporary housing options for employees who work with patients, will end March 31. 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.  

What are the recommendations around wearing double masks?

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. The CDC also provided tips for having a well-fitting mask and noted that double-masking may be helpful to improve fit, but is not necessary for all.

VIDEO Message from Dr. Jeff Balser: Our Colleagues Are Strong But Need Our Support

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. 

Message from Dr. Pinson: Teamwork, dedication and compassion will see us through

Colleagues, 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. Like many other hospitals across the nation, we are feeling stressed.  

COVID-19 Workforce Vaccine Update

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.   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.

More than half VUMC's workforce enrolled to date for COVID-19 vaccines

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.   In order to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the first step for a member of VUMC’s workforce is to enroll here. 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.

First COVID-19 vaccines given to VUMC employees

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. 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.

NEW! Updates to Common Questions about COVID Vaccines

Over the weekend, the COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration.  As a result, we've updated a few of the Common Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines, including:

VUMC Shout Outs!

See the latest VUMC Shout Out videos and send yours to vumcshoutouts@vumc.org. Learn more here.