On January 21, 2021, HSHS Holy Family Hospital began administering the second doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The first hospital colleague to receive the second vaccine dose was Cindy Crouch, RN and emergency department facilitator, who was also the first to receive the first dose on December 23, 2020.
Crouch mentioned that she had very minimal reactions to the first and second dose of the vaccine. “Being fully vaccinated gives me the confidence that I am doing all I can to protect myself, my family and those I care for,” Crouch said.
At this time, Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is not requiring its colleagues to receive the vaccination, although they are recommending to colleagues and the community to receive the vaccine when it is available to them.
HSHS Holy Family’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ryan Jennings shared, “The administration of these second doses is just as important as the first doses we gave a few weeks ago. The second dose is critical to achieve the level of protection that was seen in the trials. Without it, our goal of halting the pandemic will not be successful without completing the series,” he said. “When the vaccines are offered to the community, we urge people to make sure they get both doses.”
Until the pandemic is over, HSHS Holy Family Hospital still encourages people to do their part to decrease the number of COVID cases in the community by continuing with diligent hand washing, social distancing, masking and staying home if you are not feeling well. The hospital is also encouraging you to not delay your doctor’s appointments, screenings and visits to the emergency room in emergent situations.