Singing River First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine and Protect Front Line Heroes

Gulf Coast, Mississippi (December 15, 2020) – Singing River Health System front line team members are receiving COVID-19 vaccines beginning today, making history as the first health system on the coast to vaccinate its health care workers.

The hospital received 975 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine which will be distributed as the first of two doses needed to achieve maximal effectiveness of the vaccine. The second dose will be administered in three weeks, anywhere from 21 to 28 days following the first dose.

Singing River does not require employee vaccination for the COVID-19 vaccine. Educational information was provided to employees to help them make an informed decision. Although the vaccine is optional for staff, the hospital encourages them to consider taking it.