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Front-Line Employees at Alice Hyde Receive Second Dose of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

Some members of UVM Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center’s medical staff, as well as clinical employees who were first vaccinated last month amid the initial rollout of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine received their second dose of the treatment Friday in Malone.

Those receiving their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, which were administered by Alice Hyde Occupational Health & Wellness, are health care workers identified as the highest priority under New York State Department of Health’s vaccine distribution plan. Doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived at Alice Hyde Friday morning and the hospital expected more than 80 individuals to receive their second dose on Friday. Members of the group who do not receive their second dose on Friday will be vaccinated on Monday.

As more groups have become eligible to receive the vaccine under New York State’s distribution plan, Alice Hyde has vaccinated more than 1,000 individuals since first receiving doses of the Moderna Vaccine on Dec. 22, said Jerry Dumas, Alice Hyde’s Director of Education and Emergency Preparedness, who is overseeing the hospital’s vaccine administration and distribution efforts. As of Friday, more than 500 hospital employees had received doses of the vaccine, and the hospital had administered or distributed the vaccine to 573 eligible individuals employed by community organizations. 

“We’re incredibly proud of the work that’s being done and thankful for the cooperation with our partners in the community and at Franklin County,” said Matt Jones, Alice Hyde’s Chief Operating Officer. “Distributing these impactful treatments has been a fast-moving process and we have seen a tremendous amount of progress in a short period of time. We have a lot of work left to do and we move closer to ending this pandemic with each vaccination. Alice Hyde will continue working hard to ensure New York State’s vaccination plan for health care workers in our region is completed quickly, safely and efficiently.”

Since receiving its first shipment of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine Alice Hyde has moved quickly to administer all available doses of the treatment, exhausting its initial supply by Dec. 31. Since then the hospital has received additional shipments of both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. A shipment of the Moderna Vaccine received on Tuesday has been administered to employees of community organizations; all Pfizer vaccines received Friday will be administered by Monday; and an additional shipment of Moderna vaccines received Thursday will be exhausted no later than Wednesday. Individuals eligible to receive the vaccine from that supply include employees of community organizations identified under the state’s plan.

While it remains unclear when the state’s vaccine distribution plan will expand beyond health care workers and at-risk populations such as residents of long-term care facilities, members of Alice Hyde’s medical staff who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Friday said they continue to urge patients to get vaccinated once they become eligible.

“It is critically important for everyone to get this vaccine,” said Dr. William Latrielle, a primary care physician and internist, serves as Medical Director of Outpatient Medical Practices at Alice Hyde. Latrielle is also serving his second consecutive term as Speaker of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Another primary care physician at Alice Hyde, Dr. Gerald Cahill, noted that many patients appear eager to receive the vaccine once it is available.

“Most people appear to be eager to get the shot,” said Cahill, “and I encourage everyone in the community to obtain the vaccine as soon as they are eligible. It saves lives.”