Over the past few months, HMG has been preparing for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine. Now that three vaccines have been approved by the FDA for emergency use, we want to share some important information with patients. We are following guidelines we’ve received from the TN and VA state health departments and are prepared for a variety of scenarios.
HMG has submitted an application to both Tennessee and Virginia to receive the vaccine for distribution to patients. To date, we have received a very limited supply of vaccine in Virginia only and are working with providers to identify patients who are most at risk of hospitalization or death if they contract COVID-19. Our staff is reaching out to these patients via direct phone calls to schedule an appointment for their vaccinations as we have them available.
Beyond this limited supply, the current timeline for receipt of vaccines from the states is unknown. We will provide updates as we know more. Please know that we are working diligently to notify patients who qualify for vaccine as we receive doses.
We encourage all patients who have concerns about the vaccine to reach out to their provider to have a conversation about their risks. The latest vaccine data shows over 70-95% efficacy rate. This is significantly higher than the flu shot, which is between 40-60% effective. Based on this, we are confident in the vaccine’s ability to prevent serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19. The safety data was evaluated by the FDA and it was a critical piece of their decision to move forward with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). With this in mind, we are confident in the safety and efficacy of the vaccine and are recommending patients get the vaccine as it becomes available.
We understand there is an overwhelming amount of information available about the vaccine, and our goal is to help you make the best decisions for your health, from colds to COVID-19.
Like everything else during COVID-19, things may change quickly and we will continue to keep you informed.
If you have any questions, please reach out to email@example.com.