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Published on December 17, 2020

First COVID-19 Vaccines Administered to Wayne UNC Health Care Teammates

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Goldsboro, NC, December 17, 2020 — Wayne UNC Health Care received 975 doses of the PfizerBioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and administered to five frontline teammates today.

Among the first Wayne UNC teammates to receive vaccinations today were Dr. Terry Grant, Medical Staff Chair and Emergency Medicine Specialist; Dr. Daniel Drotts, Emergency Medicine Specialist; Belinda Soflin, Nursing Director of COVID Unit, Krystal Barrow, Director of Cardiopulmonary/Neurodiagnostics, Karen Jones, Environmental Aide.

“As cases continue to surge here in Wayne County and across our state, it’s important that our teammates who are in closest contact, caring for some of our sickest patients, have the protection of a vaccine,” said Jessie L. Tucker III, Ph.D., FACHE, President & CEO of Wayne UNC Health Care. “We look forward to a time when the vaccine can be made more widely available to our team and our community at large.”

Karen Jones, Wayne UNC Environmental Aide

Karen Jones, Wayne UNC Environmental Aide,
gets the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Administration of the vaccine marks a critical milestone in community, state and national efforts to slow the spread of the virus. Clinical trials show the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to be about 95 percent effective at preventing people from getting sick with COVID-19. However, the Wayne UNC team continues to urge the community to follow the 3 W’s. “We have worked together for the past 10 months to keep our hospital, clinics and community safe. This vaccine is our shot to get back to normal and reconnect with our families,” said Chanda Newsome, Director, Infection Control at Wayne UNC Health Care. “…But it will take time for everyone to have access to it. Just because we have vaccines on the horizon does not mean we can lose our focus now. We must continue to wear our masks, wash our hands, and wait 6 feet of distance whenever possible.”

Vaccinations will continue and more shipments will be received as needed to continue vaccinating teammates in phases defined by the state. If you’d like to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Hub at https://www.yourshot.health to get information on science, safety and availability.

About Wayne UNC Health Care: At Wayne UNC Health Care, our Mission is Patients First. Quality Health Care. Close to Home. Part of the UNC Health Care’s integrated network of primary and specialty providers, clinical programs and hospitals, WUNC’s 1,700 teammates and more than 150 physicians provide comprehensive medical services ranging from cancer care to surgery to women’s health.

Krystal Barrow gets Covid-19 Vaccine at Wayne UNC.

Krystal Barrow, Director of Cardiopulmonary/
Neurodiagnostics from Wayne UNC receives
COVID-19 vaccine.

Wayne UNC Dr. Terry Grant receives first Covid-19 Vaccine

Wayne UNC Dr. Terry Grant, Medical Staff Chair
and Emergency Medicine Specialist receives
COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information, please contact Cale Grady at 919-587-4792 or cale.grady@unchealth.unc.edu.

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