HCMC Announces Two Community COVID-19 Vaccination Events for 65 and Older Set for Feb. 24 and 25

Henry County Medical Center Vaccination Task Force announced today that there will be two COVID-19 Vaccination events for the community ages 65 and older.

EVENT 1:  On Thursday, February 25, HCMC will have a Community COVID-19 Vaccination event inside the facility for those with scheduled appointments.  Currently all appointments are already booked for this date.  This is a first dose event and all participants scheduled will be guaranteed their shots during the appointment time they have been scheduled.  Those that receive vaccine at these scheduled appointments will be asked to return on March 25 and will receive appointment cards at the event.

EVENT 2:  On Wednesday, February 24, a drive thru Community COVID-19 Vaccination POD for those age 65 and older will be held starting at 9 a.m. until all vaccine is distributed. Volunteers and staff will be administering Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to anyone meeting criteria at a vaccination POD located at the Henry County Healthcare Center Plumley Rehab parking lot. Those that receive vaccine at these scheduled appointments will be asked to return on March 24 and will receive appointment cards at the event.

Participants are asked to download the vaccination form from the HCMC website or other media sites that have the form available.  Additionally, the form will be printed in the Paris Post-Intelligencer on Tuesday, February 23.  Forms will also be available at the event.

For the Drive Thru event, participants are asked to enter the North Entrance to Hospital Circle from Tyson Avenue (this is the entrance closest to the Emergency Department Entrance).  Participants will not be able to access the vaccine POD from the South Entrance.  For questions, please go to our HCMC vaccination page https://www.hcmc-tn.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccinations/ and watch the guided POD process video as well as the video on FAQs.

Drive Thru participants are expected to answer a few questions as well as remain on our HCHC Plumley Rehab Parking Lot for up to 30 minutes of observation after receiving the vaccine.  If you have had COVID-19 within the last 60 days, you will not be eligible for the vaccination.  Also, if you have reactions to shots or have allergies, you should consult your primary care provider before proceeding to have the vaccination.  And, anyone receiving a vaccination during the community vaccination POD will need to complete the vaccination process by receiving the second dose at the same location 28 days after receiving the first one.  This date is March 24 at 9 a.m.   We will have postcards with return information to provide those vaccinated at the COVID-19 Community POD.

There are usually mild to moderate side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. 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 needs to utilize the v-safe system as well as report any adverse reactions to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at https://vaers.hhs.gov as well as HCMC Infection Control at 731-644-8260 during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours, report to your primary care provider or the Emergency Department.

HCMC continues to offer COVID-19 testing with a provider’s orders.  Additionally, the Henry County Health Department continues to provide free COVID testing with new self-tests provided on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday by appointment. Regular nose swab tests will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. by appointment only.

HCMC Outpatient Infusion is offering by physician order only monoclonal antibody therapy, bamlanivimab as well casirivimab/imdevimab, for treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adults with positive COVID-19 test results who are at high risk for progressing to severe COVID-19 and/or hospitalization.  These treatments are seeing great results for patients in our community who meet criteria.

How you can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as Coronavirus:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard in a trash.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your health care provider.  To learn more, go to our website at www.hcmc-tn.org or go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

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