Frontline Workers at Winn Parish Medical Center Receive First COVID Vaccines in Winn Parish

The first round of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Winn Parish Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Fifty frontline workers at Winn Parish Medical Center were the first to receive the vaccine administered at Winn Parish Medical Center. 

Each person that received the shot on Wednesday will receive another shot in 21 days. After receiving the vaccination, each person was evaluated for 15 minutes in case of complications. 

Among the first to receive the vaccination was Dr. Julio Iglesias, Dr. Mark Shelton, Dr. Eric Dupree, Dr. James Lee, Dr. Ugochukwu Ike, and Dr. Ricky Hendrix. “I’ve told all my patients that I would take the vaccine first to make sure it’s safe for them. I wouldn’t suggest my patients do anything that I’m not willing to do myself,” said Dr. Dupree. 

According to WPMC CEO Kathy Hall, after frontline workers, the next round of vaccines will be administered to nursing home patients. The timeline of the next round is not clear at this time. 

8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program

  1. The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority.

    The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

    CDC has developed a new tool, v-safe, as an additional layer of safety monitoring to increase our ability to rapidly detect any safety issues with COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines.

  2. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed.

    You need 2 doses of the currently available COVID-19 vaccine. A second shot 3 weeks after your first shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease.

  3. Right now, CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccine be offered to healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities.

    Because the current supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is limited, CDC recommends that initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine be offered to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents.

  4. There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come.

    The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available. Once vaccine is widely available, the plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers offering COVID-19 vaccines in doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.

  5. After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection.

    The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. 

  6. Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

    Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fun.

  7. The first COVID-19 vaccine is being used under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many other vaccines are still being developed and tested.

    If more COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved by FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will quickly hold public meetings to review all available data about each vaccine and make recommendations for their use in the United States. 

    All ACIP-recommended vaccines will be included in the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program. CDC continues to work at all levels with partners, including healthcare associations, on a flexible COVID-19 vaccination program that can accommodate different vaccines and adapt to different scenarios. State, tribal, local, and territorial health departments have developed distribution plans to make sure all recommended vaccines are available to their communities.

  8. COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic.

    It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.

    CDC will continue to update this website as vaccine recommendations and supply change.

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