A Message from Hattiesburg Clinic CEO Bryan N. Batson, MD
Last week, one of Hattiesburg Clinic’s incredible nurses administered the 30,000th dose of the Covid-19 vaccine given at HealthWorks Immunization Clinic, a partnership with Forrest General Hospital. This is truly remarkable and something we celebrated; however, we have unfortunately seen a drastic decline in the vaccine demand over the last month, leaving many appointments unclaimed. As of May 4, approximately 21% of Forrest County residents and 31% of Lamar County residents have been fully vaccinated, with roughly another five percent in each county having begun their vaccination process. This is great progress, but it falls short of levels that are felt to be needed to achieve herd immunity. President Biden has outlined a goal of having 70% of adult Americans vaccinated by July 4, so we have some work ahead of us to reach those goals. Other news on the vaccine front from this week includes:
- Clinical trials are in progress for children under age 12, and Hattiesburg Clinic is hopeful to be named as an investigational site. Please check our website and social media outlets for updates that we hope will come soon.
- Vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine has resumed after a temporary pause.
Thank you again to those who have been vaccinated. Please continue to encourage your friends, family, church and community members to consider vaccination as we move into the summer and strive for further progress in our fight against Covid-19.
Please stay safe and thank you for entrusting Hattiesburg Clinic with your health care needs.
Bryan N. Batson, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Hattiesburg Clinic, PA