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HEALTH SYSTEM ADMINISTERS FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE TO FRONTLINE WORKERS – West Tennessee Healthcare

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


2006.

“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


www.wth.org.

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