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Mass Vaccine Update - 1/31/21 at 2045

February 01, 2021

Hermann Hospital and Clinics -- Mass Vaccine Update - 1/31/21 @ 2045

We administered 546 COVID-19 vaccine doses today, to bring our weekend total to 1170 doses given, with no wasted doses and 6 doses obtained from all 195 vials we were issued.  We do not have any additional COVID vaccine on hand, and while we have ordered more, so far have not received confirmation of any additional vaccine on its way.  All people vaccinated today have been scheduled for their second dose in 3 weeks, and the state promises us those doses will be sent just before they are due to be given.    

As anticipated, we had some challenges today related to the rush to schedule all of the remaining doses of vaccine (due to the severe limitations of prolonged storage of the Pfizer vaccine).  This included longer registration time for some people, and in a few cases, mistakes related to appointments.  To the affected individuals we apologize again for your delay.  

However, I personally reserve my deepest apologies to the 4 individuals who were given appointments, but during further screening we were not able to identify criteria related to their health or occupation that appeared to make them eligible during this current phase of vaccine eligibility.  We will be reaching out to the state tomorrow to get additional clarification and hope to be able to reschedule those individuals as soon as we get more vaccine, or if they are ineligible, as soon as their phase of eligibility is authorized.  

First a special thanks needs to go to Gasconade County R1 for letting us use their gym, having everything ready to go and even helping us troubleshoot when we had some computer challenges.  I cannot express the depth of my thanks to all of the staff from clinics at Southwest Medical Associates, Hermann Medical Arts, Associated Medical Arts, Medical Clinic of Owensville, Hermann Hospital, Hermann EMS, and Gasconade County Health Department, as well as those who helped sponsor the event, including: ARB signs for the deep discount and quick turnaround on our t-shirts, the Hermann Hospital Employee Appreciation Committee for providing breakfast, Berlener’s Pharmacy for making sure we had snacks, and especially Kindred Hospice for having lunch catered by Wurst Haus and Wings-A-Blazin.  

This truly was a community effort, and while not perfect, helped a lot of people in a very short period of time -- and we didn’t even have the help of the National Guard or outside agencies.  This kind of community effort is the reason I’m glad I moved here 15 years ago, and why I am proud to work with all of these organizations.  -Michael Rothermich, MD