Dr. Steve Farrell, Chief Medical Officer, Forrest General and Dr. Bryan Batson, Chief Executive Officer, Hattiesburg Clinic
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (January 8, 2021) – Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic announced today another joint venture in the battle against COVID-19. HealthWorks Immunization Clinic, a collaboration between the two health care entities, will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to individuals, 75 and older, effective Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.
“We are very excited to offer this beneficial service to the communities of South Mississippi through our partnership with Hattiesburg Clinic,” said CEO and President of Forrest Health Andy Woodard. “The success of the Cough & Fever Clinic showed that working together as partners we can continue to create innovative processes to serve our communities. Providing easy access to the vaccine will allow more people to get vaccinated and assist in bringing the COVID-19 illness under control for our state and nation.”
HealthWorks Immunization Clinic has been vaccinating health care professionals since Monday, Jan. 4, as a part of the first phase of the Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH) COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan. All health care personnel, long-term care facility workers and residents, as well as seniors 75 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We understand the critical need to get our communities vaccinated,” said Hattiesburg Clinic CEO, Bryan N. Batson, MD. “Our medical and leadership teams have moved swiftly, working with the Mississippi State Department of Health, in order to make these vaccines available.” Batson also stated that the innovation comes down to one thing. “Our focus, simply, is caring for people. The individuals we are caring for are our friends, neighbors and relatives. What we are experiencing is hope. And we are honored that we can provide that to our patients.”
Hattiesburg Clinic Medisync® Clinical Research was the sole clinical trial site in Mississippi for this vaccine and helped gather data to provide evidence of 94.5% efficacy in preventing COVID-19. Rambod A. Rouhbakhsh, MD, served as the Principal Investigator for this trial, “I have tremendous optimism for this vaccine not only because it is incredibly effective, but the science is elegant, clean, and the likely template for all future vaccines.”
The current vaccination options consist of a series of two doses, given three to four weeks apart, where the first dose primes the immune system to fight the virus and the second boosts the production of antibodies. This vaccine can neither give a person COVID-19 nor does the mRNA interact with the DNA of a person’s cells.
HealthWorks Immunization Clinic is located on the first floor on the main campus of Hattiesburg Clinic. Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, patients will be able to schedule an appointment through their Iris account or by calling (601) 261-1620. For more information on HealthWorks Immunization Clinic, click here. For more information on COVID-19, visit www.hattiesburgclinic.com/coronavirus or www.fhcovid19.com.