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Augusta Health Vaccine Clinic Update: January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

At the request of the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD), Augusta Health has continued to vaccinate community healthcare workers. The pace of these vaccinations has increased, with daily vaccine totals generally surpassing the total of the day before. The Vaccine Clinic has moved to a larger space to allow for additional stations while maintaining social distancing. As of the end of the day on Thursday, January 14, 3639 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at Augusta Health. The most recent shipments of vaccine have been Pfizer vaccine, so that is currently being used for... Continue Reading

Moderna COVID vaccine being drawn into a syringe

Augusta Health’s Position on the COVID-19 Vaccine

January 12, 2021

The guiding light for every Augusta Health team member is the promise put forth in our mission statement: “To promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care.” As we begin 2021 with our nation surpassing 20 million cases of COVID-19 and over 346,000 deaths, hope has arrived in the form of multiple vaccines being distributed in a staged approach that is forecasted to reach the general public by spring. In keeping with our mission, we firmly believe COVID-19 vaccines are the key to promoting our community’s health in a dangerous time . Augusta Health is in... Continue Reading

Augusta Health Vaccine Clinic Update: January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

At Augusta Health, as first vaccinations of community healthcare providers and second doses for employees of Augusta Health continue, the Vaccination Task Force is working closely with the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) on planning to vaccinate those in the community who are in Virginia's Phase 1B. "Today, we are very actively involved in vaccinating all healthcare workers in our community," says John Mack, PA, Chief Operations Officer of Augusta Medical Group and a member of Augusta Health's Vaccine Task Force. "They are all a part of Phase 1a, and we are working to complete those... Continue Reading

Vaccine Clinic Update: January 7, 2021

January 7, 2021

At Augusta Health, vaccinations for COVID-19 have continued at an active pace in the new year. New activity established this week includes: At the direction of the Virginia Department of Health and the Central Shenandoah Health District, Augusta Health began vaccination of community healthcare providers and workers not employed by Augusta Health on Thursday, January 7. This includes local dental practices. A second, separate Clinic has been established for these vaccinations on the Augusta Health campus, but outside the main hospital building. Medical and dental practices received an email... Continue Reading

Augusta Health COVID update: December 31 year-end

December 31, 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, a quick update on the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Augusta Health: As of the morning of December 31, Augusta Health has administered 1510 vaccines to healthcare workers since the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic opened on December 16. Augusta Health's allocation of the Pfizer vaccine has been administered, and the Clinic is now vaccinating with the Moderna vaccine. Vaccinations have been staged in alignment with the Virginia Prioritization Schedule. After first vaccinating healthcare workers directly caring for patients known or suspected to have COVID-19, other healthcare... Continue Reading

COVID-19 Vaccine being administered

Augusta Health COVID update: Vaccinations continue

December 22, 2020

After receiving the first shipment of the Pfizer COVID vaccine on December 15, Augusta Health's Vaccine Clinic has continued throughout the week. As of Tuesday morning, December 22, more than 800 healthcare personnel had been vaccinated at the Clinic. In alignment with the Virginia Prioritization Schedule determined by the Virginia Department of Health, these healthcare workers are part of the highest priority group: those who 'directly engage in the care of or interact with patients known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19'. Logistically, the Vaccine Clinic has implemented several... Continue Reading

COVID-19 vaccination being administered

First Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines arrive; vaccinations begin

December 16, 2020

The first vials of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Augusta Health on Tuesday, December 15. The shipment was 925 doses, with 50 doses for other hospitals in the region without ultra-low subzero freezers. In accordance with the Virginia Prioritization Schedule developed by the Virginia Department of Health, the first to be vaccinated will be healthcare personnel in hospitals and health systems who 'directly engage in the care of or interact with patients known or suspected to be infected with COVID-19'. Augusta Health's Vaccine Task Force conducted a 'dry run' of the Vaccine Clinic on... Continue Reading

The logistics of the COVID-19 vaccine and administration

December 14, 2020

It's on the way: The logistics of the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine and administration The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for emergency use. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has authorized the vaccine for those age 16 and older. On Sunday, Pfizer began shipping the vaccine to 600 sites across all 50 states. Augusta Health is one of those sites, and its vaccine is expected to arrive on Tuesday, December 15. The vaccine, which must be stored at extreme temperatures and required the purchase of a special ultra-low subzero freezer... Continue Reading

COVID Vaccine being placed in cold storage

Augusta Health ready to receive, store and administer the COVID-19 vaccine

December 2, 2020

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused infections, hospitalizations, and deaths across the Commonwealth of Virginia and locally in the Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro area. The severity and impact of the pandemic has spurred a historically rapid quest for an effective vaccine by multiple pharmaceutical companies. Many are far along in development — in fact, two (Pfizer and Moderna) have already applied for emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Augusta Health, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Virginia Hospital... Continue Reading

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Can you actually prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes? Yes, you can. Here's how!

November 30, 2020

Type 2 Diabetes is a growing national health problem. Ninety percent of those diagnosed with Diabetes have Type 2 Diabetes. Locally, in the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County, 16.5% of adults in the area reported having been diagnosed with Diabetes, compared to 10.5% in Virginia and 13.3% in the US. In Staunton and Waynesboro, the percentage is even higher than the area average: 20.2% in Staunton and 16.7% in Waynesboro. Even more concerning: The percentage of people with Diabetes reported in the local 2016 CHNA was 13.9%, so the... Continue Reading