COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Vaccine Update for 10/15/2021


Vaccine Update for 10/5/2021

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are available for the following Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and meet the following criteria:

Please see the CDC website [2] for more information. We encourage employees who are eligible to receive the booster shot to visit a local pharmacy or provider.

REMINDER: If you are vaccinated OR receive a booster shot at a facility other than a Mission location, please email a note or photo of your vaccination card to WorkWell (MissionWorkWell@hcahealthcare.com [1]) so we can update your employee health record.

With all the recent news about COVID-19 booster shots and additional doses, let’s go back to basics. Learn about the science behind these concepts from our health network’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Kenneth Sands: https://bit.ly/3mgy7nq [3]


Vaccine Update for 9/27/2021


Vaccine Update for 9/15/2021


Vaccine Update for 8/30/2021


Vaccine Update for 8/9/2021

COVID-19 – Refresh Your Reminders

 


 

Vaccine Update for 7/30/2021

Watch the latest community update [14] on COVID-19 and Mission Health, including information on the COVID-19 vaccine, virus variations, and more from William Hathaway, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Mission Health.

Elevated Visitor Restrictions Across Mission Health [15] – To protect our patients, staff and visitors, all Mission Health hospitals elevated visitor restrictions July 27. We will allow one (1) visitor per patient, per day. For patients who are hospitalized, the visitor can remain overnight. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, there is no visitation for the COVID unit. Find more information here. [15]

 


 

Vaccine Update for 7/12/2021

The recent CDC recommendations regarding mask removal apply to non-healthcare settings, so we are not changing our policies at this time. They will continue to be evaluated. If you would still like to be vaccinated, please visit this page [16] to find a location near you.  Once you are vaccinated, please email a note or photo of your vaccination card to WorkWell (MissionWorkWell@hcahealthcare.com [1]) so we can update your employee health record.

 


 

 

Vaccine Update for 6/22/2021

Mission Health’s Dr. Hathaway reminds us to vax up or mask up! Watch here.  [17]

 


 

Vaccine Update for 6/15/2021

COVID-19 vaccination helps keep you from getting COVID-19. As of May 10, 2021 more than 261 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the United States.

The vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19, and are important tools to end the pandemic.
Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment today. Pease continue to use the scheduling link here [18]  and remember, open it or paste it into a CHROME browser. You should also feel free to schedule an appointment at a public vaccination clinic or retail pharmacy. IF you get vaccinated elsewhere, please email a note or photo of your vaccination card to WorkWell (NCDV.MissionWorkWell@hcahealthcare.com [1]) so we can update your employee health record. As we continue to vaccinate team members, we want to provide you with resources related to the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find these on our COVID-19 Education page on MOD. [11]

Your Shot At $1 Million [19]North Carolina will launch cash drawings for residents who have gotten a vaccine. Four residents ages 18 and older will win a $1 million cash prize, and four residents between the ages of 12 and 17 will win $125,000 toward post-secondary education. The first drawing will be on June 23 and they will occur every other week on Wednesdays until Aug. 4. And for extra incentive anyone getting their first shot from today going forward will be entered twice for each drawing. Learn more about the summer cash drawing and your shot at a million by visiting  SummerVaxCash.com  [19]


The North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA)  [20]is honoring COVID heroes from hospitals across the state and Robert Credeur, nursing unit manager of the pulmonary unit (COVID unit) at Mission Hospital was honored by the NCHA as a healthcare hero.

Robert recognizes his whole team at Mission Hospital made it possible – “It took an entire team of healthcare professionals to make it through and I had the privilege to work side-by-side with so many of them. I cannot thank each and every one of my teammates enough for all that they did for our patients and for every single time we held each other up.”

 Learn more about this health care hero’s story at: https://wlos.com/news/local/mission-covid-19-nurse-honored-by-state-group [21]

 


 

Vaccine Update for 5/22/2021

The recent CDC recommendations regarding mask removal apply to non-healthcare settings, so we are not changing our policies at this time. They will continue to be evaluated. For any vaccinations going forward, please continue to use the scheduling link here [18]  and remember, open it or paste it into a CHROME browser. You should also feel free to schedule an appointment at a public vaccination clinic or retail pharmacy. IF you get vaccinated elsewhere, please email a note or photo of your vaccination card to WorkWell (NCDV.MissionWorkWell@hcahealthcare.com [1]) so we can update your employee health record. As we continue to vaccinate team members, we want to provide you with resources related to the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find these on our COVID-19 Education page on MOD. [11]

Change in Employee/Colleague Screening Based on the CDC Passive Strategy –

  • Identification upon entry, either by badge display, badge swipe, VPro (for DHP) or clocking in, serves as attestation that no positive screening criteria are met.
  • This means that colleagues/employees no longer need to answer screening questions or check temperature at the entrance.
  • Please review expectations here. [22]
COVID-19 vaccines are an important tool to end the pandemic and get back to the things we love. Three vaccines are authorized for use in the United States:
• Pfizer-BioNTech
• Moderna
• Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
Learn more about these vaccines [23] from the CDC.

 


 

 

Vaccine Update for 5/3/2021

Watch the latest community update [24] on COVID-19​ and Mission Health, including information on the COVID vaccine​, herd immunity, and more from William Hathaway, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Mission Health.

Our South Asheville vaccination clinic has ended. For any vaccinations going forward (1st or 2nd doses), please continue to use the scheduling link here [18]  and remember, open it or paste it into a CHROME browser. These appointments will be located at WorkWell. You should also feel free to schedule an appointment elsewhere at a public vaccination clinic or retail pharmacy near you. We do ask IF you get vaccinated elsewhere, please email a note or photo of your vaccination card to WorkWell (NCDV.MissionWorkWell@hcahealthcare.com [1]) so we can update your employee health record. As we continue to vaccinate team members, we want to provide you with resources related to the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find these on our COVID-19 Education page on MOD. [11]

 


 

Vaccine Update for 4/22/2021

Our South Asheville vaccination clinic will conclude April 24. For any vaccinations going forward (1st or 2nd doses), please continue to use the scheduling link here [18]  and remember, open it or paste it into a CHROME browser. These appointments will be located at WorkWell. You should also feel free to schedule an appointment elsewhere at a public vaccination clinic or retail pharmacy near you. We do ask IF you get vaccinated elsewhere, please email a note or photo of your vaccination card to WorkWell (NCDV.MissionWorkWell@hcahealthcare.com [1]) so we can update your employee health record. As we continue to vaccinate team members, we want to provide you with resources related to the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find these on our COVID-19 Education page on MOD. [11]

Important Masking Reminder – In an effort to keep everyone safe, we still require all patient, visitors, and employees to be masked in all public and patient care areas* of Mission Health hospitals. While we hope that many people are or will soon be vaccinated, we do not require this of anyone at this time. Per the CDC and North Carolina guidelines, wearing a mask or face covering in public settings is a simple, but powerful, action to slow the spread of this virus. Further, as those who work in healthcare, we want our employees to be role models regarding the importance of masking in public settings.

*Patient care areas are more than just ERs and patient rooms. They also include all break rooms, nursing stations, lobbies and physician practices.

 

In 2020, HCA Healthcare treated more suspected and positive COVID-19 cases than any other health system in the United States, including 122,000 inpatients. Watch HCA Healthcare’s video [25] to see how our collective mission — above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life — has guided our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


 

Vaccine Update for 4/14/2021

Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine:

As an organization, we are following CDC and FDA guidance and pausing the use of the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA has said they are advising this out of an abundance of caution, and to date we have had no patient issues with vaccines to report or no patient reactions as described in the CDC guidance related to the J&J vaccine. We will continue to work closely with our infectious disease experts and monitor the situation. While adverse reactions appear to be extremely rare, more information can be found on the CDC website and anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their primary care physician.

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/joint-cdc-and-fda-statement-johnson-johnson-covid-19-vaccine [26]

 


 

Vaccine Update for 4/12/2021

COVID-19 Vaccine and Mammograms

Do you have questions about how #COVID19 vaccines can affect your mammogram? Both are incredibly important. Find out what the experts at Sarah Cannon Cancer Network have to say here.  [27]

COVID-19 Vaccine and Travel

The CDC has issued new guidance, stating that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel at low risk to themselves as long as they continue to take certain precautions.
Here’s what you should know. [28]

 

 


 

 

Vaccine Update for 4/5/2021

Have you been hesitant to be vaccinated, but are ready now? It is not too late! Our South Asheville vaccination clinic will operate only on Saturdays in April, so make your appointment quickly. Please use the scheduling link here [18]  and remember, please open it or paste it into a CHROME browser. While our allotment from the state continually changes, new appointments will likely receive the Moderna vaccine. If Saturdays or the Asheville location isn’t convenient for you, please feel free to schedule an appointment elsewhere at a public vaccination clinic or retail pharmacy near you.

We do ask IF you get vaccinated elsewhere, please email a note or photo of your vaccination card to WorkWell (NCDV.MissionWorkWell@hcahealthcare.com) so we can update your employee health record. As we continue to vaccinate team members, we want to provide you with resources related to the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find these on our COVID-19 Education page on MOD [11].

 

 


 

 

Vaccine Update for 3/29/2021

We are still encouraging our team to get vaccinated, however, given how many Mission colleagues have already done so, we are winding down our clinic hours. Please remember that our vaccine allocations and supply provided to us from the state vary, so please take advantage of the opportunity—all vaccine options are good options. Please use the scheduling link here [18]  and remember, please open it or paste it into a CHROME browser.

One Year Later

Dr. William Hathaway, Chief Medical Officer of Mission Health, joined a panel of experts on the one-year anniversary of COVID-19 to discuss the progress being made to battle the disease and restore our communities. You can watch the segment here.  [29]

 


 

 

Vaccine Update for 3/22/2021

The South Asheville vaccine clinic is currently offering first and second doses of the Moderna vaccine. There are limited appointment slots available during the month of March and the vaccine clinic will begin to reduce hours further during April. We encourage every team member to get your first shot as soon as possible, regardless of which shot might be available. Please use the scheduling link here [18]  and remember, please open it or paste it into a CHROME browser.

Important Masking Reminder:

In an effort to keep everyone safe, we still require all patient, visitors, and employees to be masked in all public and patient care areas* of Mission Health hospitals. While we hope that many people are or will soon be vaccinated, we do not require this of anyone at this time. Per the CDC and North Carolina guidelines, wearing a mask or face covering in public settings is a simple, but powerful, action to slow the spread of this virus. Further, as those who work in healthcare, we want our employees to be role models regarding the importance of masking in public settings.

*Patient care areas are more than just ERs and patient rooms. They also include all break rooms, nursing stations, lobbies and physician practices.

 

Asheville’s restaurant community recently got a helping hand from Mission, as we were able to administer approximately 300 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine to frontline service workers in 39 local restaurants. Read more about how AIR and Mission Health joined forces here.  [30]

 

 


 

Vaccine Update for 3/15/2021

Mission Health is committed to making sure our community has access to the COVID-19 vaccine.  Watch here [31] to see how Mission Health is working to distribute doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine to populations that need it most.

Take a look at some important updates –

As both Dr. Fauci and our own CMO, Dr. Hathaway, have shared, the best vaccine to get it is the one you can get! What kind of vaccine we get each week varies based on supply provided to North Carolina. Please don’t miss your opportunity to get your COVID vaccine!

We have been fortunate to have the COVID-19 vaccine available for our entire Mission Health team over the past few months. We continue to get allotments that we are sharing with our community partners via local health departments and other organizations hosting vaccination clinics – and our clinic staff has even vaccinated some eligible members of the community as we’ve had vaccine available. We are proud of the efforts our Mission Health team has made to help as many people in Western NC get vaccinated as possible to bridge until a broader public distribution model is in place.

Thank you to the thousands of you who got your shot(s) and to those that have helped give them!

 


 

Vaccine Update for 3/4/2021

“Mission Health will receive 7,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine being shipped on Wednesday,” said Dr. William Hathaway, chief medical officer for Mission Health and HCA Healthcare North Carolina. “As we have with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, we will share our doses with our partners throughout the 18 county region we serve.” Read more here [32] about how we’re moving forward with the latest vaccine available.


COVID-19: A Year Later

It has been about a year since COVID-19 has disrupted life for Americans and everyone around the globe. On this Hospitals in Focus podcast [33], Dr. Jonathan Perlin, the CMO and President of Clinical Services for HCA Healthcare, shares how we have weathered the past year.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Questions

It’s normal to have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, especially with so many rumors and theories percolating on social media. If you have questions, you’re not alone. Dr. Jonathan Perlin, president, clinical operations group, and chief medical officer of HCA Healthcare weighs in on nine common COVID-19 vaccine myths [34] by discussing what the science shows.

 


 

Vaccine Update for 3/1/2021

Our continued focus is to ensure all team members who want to get the vaccine are able to do so. If you have not scheduled your second dose, please do so immediately for both the greatest efficacy and to assure you can get vaccine. If you have not scheduled your 2nd dose of the Pfizer vaccine, please do so immediately as we have switched to providing Moderna vaccines and therefore have VERY limited availability of the Pfizer vaccine. Those wanting Pfizer 2nd doses MUST have a prescheduled appointment so we can make sure doses are available. Please use the scheduling link here [18]  for 1st and 2nd And remember, please open it or paste it into a CHROME browser. As we continue to vaccinate team members, we want to provide you with resources related to the COVID-19 vaccine and the process for vaccination. You can find these on our COVID-19 Education page on MOD [11].

 


 

Vaccine Update for 2/19/2021

Our continued focus is to ensure all team members who want to get the vaccines have access. The next round of vaccination doses has been opened up at the South Asheville location through March 6, 2021. Book your appointment at the vaccine scheduling link here [18]. And remember, please open it or paste it into a CHROME browser.

 


 

Vaccine Update for 1/29/2021

The Time Is Now.

If you have not received your 1st dose of the COVID vaccine, it is critical that you plan to get your first shot now. We have been told that going forward, our vaccine supply coming from the state over the next few weeks will be significantly less than previous allotments. If you want to take advantage of our priority as healthcare workers, you need to get your first dose now.

Note: This does NOT impact our supply of SECOND doses for those that received their first dose. (Remember, appointments are opened weekly—please wait to check about a week before your second dose window.)

To schedule an appointment (several are listed through 2/10), click on the scheduling link. [18]

 


 

Vaccine Update for 1/25/2021

 


 

Vaccine Update for 1/19/2021

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Vaccine Update for 1/13/2021

URGENT: New location for Mission vaccination clinic and other updates

Our primary Asheville vaccination clinic has moved from Mission Hospital’s old ER/cafeteria site to a new South Asheville clinic location. There are several reasons for this move revolving primarily around safety, convenience, and scalability as we look forward to increase our vaccination administration to our entire Mission Health team, medical staff, regional healthcare providers and beyond.

So far we have administered more than 7,000 doses of the vaccine across Western North Carolina starting with those most engaged in caring with our patients who have COVID-19. The time has come to expand the vaccination opportunity across Mission Health to our entire team – all of whom play an important part in patient care delivery. We are moving full steam ahead with vaccinating EVERYONE in Mission Health. ALL tiers within our health system are open and the goal is to have ALL Mission Health 1st doses complete by 2/1 so that we can finish 2nd doses and turn our attention to vaccinating others. DON’T WAIT to schedule your first dose here [18]. Also, for those needing a second dose, more slots continue to open moving forward.

The new South Asheville Clinic will alleviate congestion in the hallways of Mission Hospital for our patients. It will also allow many of the Mission Hospital staff and WorkWell team that have so graciously been running the current site to return to caring for patients or assisting employees. The new site offers easily accessible parking for Mission Health employees that serve our community in roles outside Mission Hospital such as in physician practices, CarePartners, or numerous other settings throughout the region.

There will still be limited small clinics at Mission Hospital, but these will be reserved primarily for those who are not able to get to the new South Asheville Clinic.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as, like almost everywhere across the country, there have been some bumps in this process. We realize the registration process has not been easy for many people, but again—thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we continue to work to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible to turn the tide on this pandemic.

Please note:

 

We continue to post more information for our staff on COVID-19 Education page on MOD [39] and are sharing CDC and other vaccine information for the public on our website at www.Missionhealth.org/COVID [40].

 

Want to help your family and friends over age 65 get the COVID vaccine? So do we.

We have collected local clinic information and alert sign up pages for our WNC counties.

You can find the links to those pages at MissionHealth.org/Vaccine [38]

 

Note: Coadministration with other vaccines

Given the lack of data on the safety and efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, the vaccine series should routinely be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration with any other vaccine. However, mRNA COVID-19 and other vaccines may be administered within a shorter period in situations where the benefits of vaccination are deemed to outweigh the potential unknown risks of vaccine coadministration (e.g., tetanus toxoid-containing vaccination as part of wound management, measles or hepatitis A vaccination during an outbreak) or to avoid barriers or delays to mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (e.g., in long-term care facility residents or healthcare personnel who received influenza or other vaccinations prior to/upon admission or onboarding). If mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are administered within 14 days of another vaccine, doses do not need to be repeated for either vaccine. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html [41]

 


 

Vaccine Update for 1/11/2021

Concerned about your 2nd dose window? Check out this short video [42] from Mission Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr. William Hathaway.

2nd Dose Scheduling Fix/Work Around

For those of you who have tried (repeatedly) to schedule a 2nd vaccine dose and continue to get errors because the scheduling system does still not seem to recognize that you received your first dose, we have created a work around solution.

Going forward, we have scheduled several NEW vaccination clinics in the system that are labeled as for “1st AND 2nd Doses.” These may be used for either dose.

PLEASE BE AWARE – while the first screen labels them as for “1st AND 2nd Doses,” as you get further into the system—such as the screen where you pick which day or where it confirms that you’re booked—it will only say that it is for your first dose. This is fine and you have still been successful in booking your 2nd dose appointment. Sample images are below.

Here is the link to schedule: https://vaccinescheduler.hcahealthcare.cloud/ [18]

The link also works for those who have not scheduled their first dose, whose tier has been opened. Those with issues logging in should contact the service desk at 828-213-2000.

Again, many thanks for patience with the complications, we hope this addresses many of your concerns.

 

 

Did you know?

If an employee received a non-COVID vaccine within the last 14 days, the Pfizer COVID vaccine should be deferred until 14 days have passed.

Example:

Pfizer COVID #1 Vaccine: December 18

Pfizer COVID #2 Eligible: January 3

Shingles Vaccine: January 1 – Employee would not be eligible for COVID#2 vaccine when they present on January 3.

If an employee needs another vaccine, they should weight their risk to benefits.

 


 

Vaccine Update for 1/5/2021

The 2nd Dose Vaccination Clinic schedules have now been opened for registration. PLEASE read the detailed instructions regarding the importance of CVMS registration and that you can receive your 2nd dose at any Mission Health location, although we would prefer those in the Asheville area NOT travel to the regional hospitals so that those clinics can be saved for those clinicians who work at those facilities. Make sure to sign up for a 2nd dose appointment slot.

Further, we are receiving many questions regarding the 2nd dose vaccination window. As noted below, the Pfizer vaccine window, per the CDC, can be 17-21 days after the first or as soon as possible thereafter. Therefore, you do not need get the 2nd dose on exactly day 21. Click here [43] for a message from Dr. Hathaway about the 2nd dose window.

You may also get an email or text directly from the scheduling system, however here is the scheduling link: https://vaccinescheduler.hcahealthcare.cloud/ [44] .

Please review the following vaccination information prior to scheduling:

There are currently two types of vaccines that have received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

It is extremely important that you register and schedule online for this second dose—even if you just walked in for the first dose. In fact, you can expedite your vaccination process and time in line by trying again to register with the North Carolina system ASAP with this link:

https://covid-vaccine-portal.ncdhhs.gov/ [45] (Use your Recipient Portal username, which is the email address that was used to register you with plus.covid19 vaccine.)

For those employees that have not yet had their tier opened to schedule their first dose, please don’t worry. As we continue to get confirmation of further vaccine shipments, more clinics will be opened for all our Mission Health team members to be vaccinated in the coming weeks.

 


 

Vaccine update for 1/4/2021

Since receiving our first shipment of vaccine, more than 3,700 of our Mission Health team and medical staff have received their first dose. We realize the registration and scheduling have been challenging, but we are hopeful that it should be easier going forward.

This week we opened more than 15 additional vaccination clinic days (3000+ more scheduling slots) in January both at Mission Hospital and across our regional facilities for employees to receive dose one. Whether you are still waiting to receive dose 1 or need to receive your 2nd dose, please continue to watch your email for registration and scheduling notifications.

We’ve been asked about why we can’t just do walk up clinics similar to the annual flu vaccine. First, this must be treated like a controlled substance, which requires much more extensive paperwork and regulation. Further, we must move to a more online system because as we vaccinate 10,000+ members of our team x 2 shots x 2 registration systems that is a lot of preventable data entry for those that could be doing other things to serve our patients.

Second Dose Update:

Second Dose Clinics are being scheduled across Mission Health January 6-9. Additional communication detailing available dates and times to schedule your booster vaccinations will be sent to you directly through email and/or text.

Please review the following vaccination information prior to scheduling:

There are currently two types of vaccines that have received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

It is extremely important that you register and schedule online for this second dose—even if you just walked in for the first dose. In fact, you can expedite your vaccination process and time in line by trying again to register with the North Carolina system ASAP with this link:

https://covid-vaccine-portal.ncdhhs.gov/ [45] (Use your Recipient Portal username, which is the email address that was used to register you with plus.covid19 vaccine.)

Based on vaccine outcomes thus far, there is a relatively low incidence of side effects. However, side effects are more common with the second dosage of the vaccine.

Reminder: The vaccine is voluntary. However, it has been proven that both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are more than 94% effective after two doses. Getting vaccinated yourself may also protect people around you.

Again, thank you for taking this important step and please look to be contacted early next week regarding scheduling your appointment.

 


 

Vaccine update for 12/29/2020

In the first week of vaccine administration, more than 3,000 doses were distributed across Mission Health. More schedule slots were opened for this week, so if you received an email over the weekend or today about scheduling, you should please try to do so. More vaccination appointments will be opened for next week and beyond. For those who have had round one, you will be contacted about scheduling your second dose.

If you have questions regarding vaccination, you may send an email to: NCDV.DivisionEmergencyOperationsCoordinationCenter@HCAHealthcare.com [46]

Response times will vary depending on the question. Please remember that CMVS related questions should be directed to: CVMS-Help@dhhs.nc.gov [47]

Those who need help with their  ¾ ID should please call 828-213-2000.

 


 

Vaccine update for 12/21/2020

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the first phase of our vaccination distribution. Between Friday and Sunday more than 1,600 Mission Health employees and medical staff across WNC have received their first dose of vaccine.

Here’s what you need to know:

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