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Jackson, Tennessee (December 18, 2020) – The region’s largest hospital administered the first

COVID-19 vaccine doses Friday afternoon, joining in on nationwide efforts to vaccinate frontline

health care workers against COVID-19.

Lynn Jones in Environmental Services became the first Jackson-Madison County General

Hospital (JMCGH) employee to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Ms. Jones works in a

dedicated COVID-19 unit cleaning patient rooms. She has worked in the organization since


“I’m getting the vaccine because I have grandkids that I don’t want to give it to,” Jones said. “I

feel privileged and grateful to get this vaccine.”

Deann Thelen, CEO of JMCGH, stated, “This is a monumental event, and I am so excited that we

are able to provide the vaccine. This is an important step in the fight against this devastating

virus. I am so proud of the staff for all that they are doing for our patients daily, but we all need

to do our part to help them.”

Jones is the first of 1,950 West Tennessee Healthcare frontline workers scheduled to be

vaccinated between Friday and Tuesday in the system’s hospitals across the region.

Until the vaccine is widely available, West Tennessee Healthcare urges the public to avoid

gatherings, wear face-coverings appropriately, and practice proper hand hygiene.

About West Tennessee Healthcare:

West Tennessee Healthcare is a public, not-for-profit healthcare system with locations

serving 19 counties in West Tennessee and Southeast Missouri. The mission of West

Tennessee Healthcare is to improve the health and well-being of the communities we serve

while providing exceptional and compassionate care. For more information, visit

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