Hattiesburg Clinic Physicians among the First in Mississippi to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the first COVID-19 vaccine made by drug company Pfizer and began distributing it to health care facilities nationwide.
This past week, Forrest Health physicians and employees, as well as several Hattiesburg Clinic physicians, lined up to receive the first supply of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Forrest General Hospital.
Hattiesburg Clinic Chief Executive Officer, Bryan N. Batson, MD, was one of the physicians who received the vaccination this week.
“In the midst of a frightening whirlwind of uncertainty and challenges, health care workers and first responders have risked their personal safety and health for the sake of others throughout this pandemic,” Batson said. “For those who were able to participate today, it was truly remarkable. There is hope.”
Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, the program director at Forrest General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and the principal investigator for MediSync® Clinical Research at Hattiesburg Clinic, also received the vaccination.
“Today was an exciting day as we believe this could be the beginning of the end of the pandemic,” Rouhbakhsh said. “There has been tremendous work done to develop these potentially life-saving vaccines, and I am honored to be a part of this momentous day.”
Due to the limited supply, the initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines is allocated to critical health care personnel and long-term care facilities only. The vaccine is optional for hospital staff; however, it is highly encouraged, especially for those critical care workers who work closely with COVID-19 patients on a regular basis.