February 19, 2021
A Message from Hattiesburg Clinic CEO, Bryan N. Batson, MD
Since January, Hattiesburg Clinic and the HealthWorks Immunization Clinic partnership with Forrest General Hospital have administered over 14,000 vaccines into the arms of our health care workers and community members. Hattiesburg Clinic is especially grateful for the health care workers, students and volunteers who have helped make this important work possible.
While COVID-19 vaccine allotments are designated by the Mississippi Department of Health, the demand has continued to outpace the supply. As I have said before: while this can be frustrating to us all, it is encouraging that so many our patients remain eager to receive the vaccine. We will continue to provide updates on our website at www.hattiesburgclinic.com and on our social media platforms when additional doses are allotted to us. Once new appointments become available, patients can schedule their vaccination via Iris or by calling the phone number listed on the HealthWorks Immunization Clinic webpage. Please note, this phone line is only open when vaccines are available. Likewise, patients are encouraged to visit the Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH) website for the latest updates on vaccine distribution and availability. We certainly appreciate the work being done at the Lake Terrace Convention Center and other organizations in our area who are helping vaccinate our community.
The fight against COVID-19 has been a whirlwind. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are decreasing again, but we must not let our guard down. It is still important to continue washing hands, wearing a mask and socially distancing to do everything possible to reduce the spread of the virus. Even for those who have received both doses of the vaccine and have waited the time it takes to develop maximum immunity, there is not 100% protection, nor is there guarantee that the virus cannot be spread from the vaccinated patient. Put simply: the fight is far from over.
On Thursday, Feb. 11, we honored one of our nurses who administered the 10,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine given at Hattiesburg Clinic. With her tireless service to our patients and an ever-present smile behind her mask, she embodies everything Hattiesburg Clinic strives to be in our dedication to the fight for better days ahead. Please help us continue to inch our way forward by getting vaccinated when eligible and adhering to the other measures that we know help reduce the spread of this disease.
Thank you for entrusting Hattiesburg Clinic with your care. I have enjoyed meeting many of you while serving alongside our team in the vaccine clinic, and I look forward to meeting many more. Please continue to visit our website for the latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccine and other news.
Bryan N. Batson, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Hattiesburg Clinic, PA