HCMC will continue COVID-19 vaccinations Monday

Henry Countians are pictured lined up in their vehicles on Jan. 5, waiting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Plumley Rehabilitation Center at Henry County Healthcare Center. This will be the location of Henry County Medical Center’s upcoming vaccination pod where medical staff members will begin giving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at 9 a.m. Monday. People age 70 and older who live in Henry County will be able to receive the vaccine, along with health care workers, first responders and anyone meeting the phase 1a1, 1a2, and 1b requirements of the Tennessee Health Department’s vaccination plan on a first-come, first-served basis.

Henry County Medical Center staff will be administering doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Monday to any Henry County resident age 70 and older as well as health care workers, first responders and anyone meeting the phase 1a1, 1a2 and 1b requirements on a first-come, first-served basis at the parking lot of Plumley Rehabilitation Center at Henry County Healthcare Center.

The vaccination pod will open at 9 a.m. and will stay open until all available vaccines have been given. 

HCMC has fewer vaccines available than it did at its first pod Jan. 5. This one is a limited supply, hospital officials said.

The vaccinations pod will continue to be done in a drive-thru format with patients staying in their vehicles as they receive the vaccine. 

Those who plan to get the vaccine will need to come in the north entrance to Hospital Circle from Tyson Avenue, which is the entrance closest to the emergency department entrance. The vaccination pod cannot be accessed from the south entrance.

Those seeking to be vaccinated are asked to fill out a consent form that is available on HCMC’s website, www.hcmc-tn.org. A printed version of the form is included on this page and it can also be found at www.parispi.net. 

The consent form will be available at the vaccination pod for those who have not yet filled it out.

“We encourage anyone who meets criteria to help protect themselves, their families, and their loved ones by getting the vaccine on Monday,” said Lisa Casteel, HCMC CEO. “Anyone receiving the vaccine will need to return 28 days later for the second dose so that they have the full immunity.”

The second dosage, for those receiving the vaccine Monday, will be provided by HCMC at 9 a.m. on March 8. Postcards with return information will be provided at the vaccination pod.

Participants will be expected to answer a few questions and need to remain in the Plumley Rehabilitation Center parking lot for up to 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine. 

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 60 days cannot receive the vaccination. 

HCMC warns that there are usually mild to moderate side effects which result from taking the COVID-19 vaccine. According to an HCMC press release, the most common side effect caused by the vaccine includes pain at the site where the vaccine was given, which is in the arm. Other side effects may include a headache, fever, chills or muscle aches. 

Anyone receiving the vaccine is able to use the v-safe system and report any unusual reactions to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at vaers.hhs.gov as well as HCMC Infection Control, which can be reached at 644-8260 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

After those hours, people should contact their primary care provider or the emergency department.

HCMC is also continuing to offer COVID-19 testing with a provider’s orders. Additionally, the Henry County Health Department offers free COVID-19 testing with self-tests provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only. Regular nose swab tests are available from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only.

Anyone with questions or concerns can visit the HCMC vaccination page, www.hcmc-tn.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccinations/ and watch the guided vaccination pod process video as well as the video on FAQs.

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