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T.J. Regional Health facilities administer first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Hospital news | Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Glasgow, KY - T.J. Samson Community Hospital has received and begun to administer the first doses of the Moderna vaccine to fight COVID-19. The first recipients included doctors, nurses, and several front line team members from multiple patient care areas, as well as local EMS. Moderna is the second vaccine to be given Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

All team members across T.J. Regional Health have the option to take the vaccine. First priority was given to the residents and staff in T.J. Samson’s Skilled Nursing Unit, the long-term care area of the hospital, as they are in the highest risk category. Other team members who have face to face contact with patients and visitors, and therefore highest risk of exposure, are next in the priority line to receive the vaccine.

“This marks a definite turning point and a renewed sense of hope in the fight against the global pandemic,” said Neil Thornbury, CEO of T.J. Regional Health. “We are confident that the vaccine will provide a path toward a return to some sense of normalcy.”

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a series of two doses, given one month apart, and is for individuals 18 years and older. General side effects, which typically lasted 1-2 days during clinical trials, were pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine does not contain SARS-CoV-2 and cannot give the recipient COVID-19.

The FDA’s scientists and physicians determined that the vaccine’s known and potential benefits clearly outweigh its risks. Through the scientific review process and thorough evaluation, the FDA assures the public and medical community that “two COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized in an expedited timeframe while adhering to the rigorous standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality needed to support emergency use authorization.”

“It has been a long year of searching for answers on how to treat, prevent, or just slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Eric Fisher, Chief of the Medical Staff. “I’m exciting to see the arrival of a safe and effective vaccine so that we can close 2020 on a positive note and begin 2021 with a renewed sense of hope that we are going to overcome this.”

About T.J. Regional Health

T.J. Regional Health, the parent system of T.J. Samson Community Hospital and T.J. Health Columbia is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. In addition to two hospitals, the organization owns and operates the T.J. Health Pavilion, which provides outpatient care and physician offices as well as a Family Medicine Center and Residency Program, Home Care Services, and numerous Rural Health Clinics in the South Central Kentucky region. For more information about the services offered at T.J. Regional Health, please visit