STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - East Georgia Regional Medical Center started vaccinating doctors and staff last week and are doing so as quickly as possible. But it’s no easy task when you have 800 staff and more than 100 doctors.
CEO Stephen Pennington sat down for his first round of the vaccine along with a host of staff members. He says they’ve put some people toward the top of the list based on their age and whether they’re more vulnerable due to medical conditions.
He says frontline workers are among the first wave to get the vaccine because of their potential exposure. He says they take protective measures here, but staff risk exposure when they’re not here.
“To be able to take care of the COVID patients, we need the staff here working. We’re in the community, we’re in the hospital. We’ve got PPE when we’re here. But we’re also out in the community too,” Pennington said.
He says vaccinations are optional, but he’s encouraged that their doctors solidly wanted to get it.
He says they hope to have everyone in their medical community vaccinated who wanted to be vaccinated in roughly two weeks.