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