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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).   

Important Update on COVID-19 Boosters

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. Updates will be provided and announced as more information becomes available.

Alarming number of pregnant COVID-19 patients hospitalized in August

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). 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.

What Parents Need to Know about Masks, Vaccines and Other Things about COVID-19

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. With help from experts at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, we've answered some common questions parents are asking pediatricians. Q: Is the delta variant more dangerous in children than previous variants?

A Plea to Middle Tennessee from 10 Health System CEOs

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. Here is the letter as a PDF. Dear Middle Tennessee residents,

ICYMI: What's new on the site

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.  Here's what's new (some of these behind VUMC ID/Password protection):

5+ Ways to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination is crucial to protect VUMC employees and patients and to maintain a safe healthcare environment for all. As announced this week, COVID-19 vaccination is now required for all VUMC employees. 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.  

VUMC Shout Outs!

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