COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital began distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to staff and patients, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) coronavirus vaccine distribution plan.
Tuesday was the first day of the hospital’s vaccine clinic for those who fell into the Phase 1A group of the plan. Dell Myers, 84, and his wife, Judy Myers, 75, were among those who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
“We’re receiving the vaccine so we can see our grandchildren, our family, and to be able to go out to eat again,” said Judy Myers. “I want to be able to continue with the ministries that I’m involved in through Windbrook Baptist Church, with the sewing ministries. We make masks. We’re making masks right now. I want to be able to have a life again.”
The couple of 22 years are also cancer survivors. Judy Myers is a breast cancer survivor and Dell Myers is a bladder cancer survivor.
“Because we’re cancer survivors, that makes our immune system less, said Judy Myers. “We had to stay at home. We’re having to order our groceries, which is a pretty good deal with them being delivered to you and all. We’re just having to be cooped up at home and we’re active people. We’re not used to that. That’s what Dr. Fauci and our governor said to do, to stay at home, wear your mask, and practice good hygiene. That’s what we do. Everyone should be doing that. Until everyone wears a mask and does what they’re telling us to do, it will not get better.”
“I think the important message for our Piedmont patients is that we will reach out to you,” said Piedmont’s pharmacy clinical coordinator Dr. Rebecca Cummings. “There’s a limited supply of vaccines right now, so as the vaccine becomes available, we’ll be reaching out to more and more patients. Just be patient. I know this is a great thing and we’re excited to be able to offer it to people, but we will reach out to you whenever we’re able to offer vaccines.”
According to Piedmont officials, the hospital plans to continue to move through the phases of the CDC’s vaccine distribution plan and vaccinate as many patients of the hospital that opt in to receive the vaccine that they can. For more information on how to register to receive the vaccine, visit Piedmont Columbus Regional’s website.