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Hunterdon Healthcare Offers Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19

Hunterdon Healthcare is offering monoclonal antibody treatment to COVID-19 positive outpatients.  The monoclonal antibody treatment can be used to help COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms and who are at high risk of progressing to severe disease.

“Antibodies are proteins that our bodies make to fight viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. Antibodies that are made in a laboratory act like natural antibodies to fight the virus, stopping it from attaching to your cells and growing. It must be used early in the course of the infection before the virus has reached maximum growth.  Monoclonal antibodies are directed against a specific virus, in this case, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19,” explained Geralyn Prosswimmer, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners.  Dr. Prosswimmer added, “Monoclonal antibody treatment may reduce the chance of hospitalization for those at highest risk for severe disease. While not FDA approved, this product has emergency use authorization due to the pandemic.” Limited doses are supplied to hospitals by the State.

Monoclonal antibody treatment is given intravenously and is administered at Hunterdon Medical Center in a specially created infusion center.  This treatment can be used for adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms who:

  • Test positive for SARS CoV2.
  • Are within 5 days of the start of their symptoms.
  • Are at high risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 due to age or chronic conditions

Patients who meet these criteria can discuss monoclonal antibody treatment with their Hunterdon Healthcare primary care physician. For more information call the Hunterdon Healthcare Infusion Center at 908-237-4240.

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COVID-19 Symptoms Include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of taste of smell

Symptoms can range from mild to severe illness, and appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

 

 

 

Medical Mondays: Colon Health During COVID-19 and Beyond

Virtual Educational Program: Colon Health during COVID-19 and Beyond

Hunterdon Healthcare is introducing a new virtual series called Medical Mondays. The March program will focus on Colon Health during COVID-19 and Beyond. This program will be held on Monday, March 15th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. via Google Meet.

Google Meet Information (Please note, you may need to copy and paste link into your web browser): meet.google.com/pqh-ycqv-xri

Or join by phone: ‪(US) +1 561-614-1401 PIN: ‪539 448 763#

Colon Health during COVID-19 and Beyond will be moderated by Patrick Gavin, President, and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare, and include specialists: Jeffrey Hartford, M.D., Gastroenterologist, Advanced Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Martin Alvarez, M.D., Colorectal Surgeon, Hunterdon Surgical Associates and Richard Arrigo, D.O., Hunterdon Gastroenterology Associates.

Topics will include but are not limited to, preventing colon cancer, benefits of early detection for outcomes, risk factors for colon cancer, the rising young-onset of colon cancer, colonoscopy alternatives for screening, diet and digestive health, and better preps for a colonoscopy.

Attendees can submit questions in advance to Jcherichello@hhsnj.org or post via the chat feature during the program.

Hunterdon Healthcare Hosts Virtual Educational Program: Colon Health During COVID-19 and Beyond

Hunterdon Healthcare is introducing a new virtual series called Medical Mondays.  The March program will focus on Colon Health During COVID-19 and Beyond.  This program will be held on Monday, March 15th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. via Google Meet.

Colon Health During COVID-19 and Beyond will be moderated by Patrick Gavin, President and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare, and include specialists:  Jeffrey Hartford, M.D., Gastroenterologist, Advanced Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Martin Alvarez, M.D., Colorectal Surgeon, Hunterdon Surgical Associates, and Richard Arrigo, D.O., Gastroenterologist, Hunterdon Gastroenterology Associates.

Topics will include but are not limited to, preventing colon cancer, benefits of early detection for outcomes, risk factors for colon cancer, the rising young-onset of colon cancer, colonoscopy alternatives for screening, diet and digestive health, and better preps for a colonoscopy.

Attendees can submit questions in advance to Jcherichello@hhsnj.org or post via the chat feature during the program. To register, please email Julie Cherichello at Jcherichello@hhsnj.org. A confirmation email and the Google Meet link will be sent once registration is received.

 

 

Hunterdon Healthcare Hosts Virtual Educational Program: What to expect at a Hunterdon Healthcare COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic and Vaccine Update

Hunterdon Healthcare is introducing a new virtual series called Medical Mondays.  The second program will focus on What to Expect at a Hunterdon Healthcare COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic and Vaccine Update.  This program will be held on Monday, January 25th from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. via Google Meet.

Hunterdon Healthcare COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic and Vaccine Update will be moderated by Patrick Gavin, President and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare and include specialists:  Geralyn Prosswimmer, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners and Rose Puelle, PhD, Administrative Director, Population Health and Data Integrity, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners.

The program will begin with a tour of Hunterdon Healthcare’s Vaccination Clinic and a vaccine update followed by a question and answer session.

Attendees can submit questions in advance to Kseelig@hhsnj.org or post via the chat feature during the program.  To register, please email Kathleen Seelig, Corporate Director Marketing and Public Relations, Kseelig@hhsnj.org.   A confirmation email and the Google Meet link will be sent once registration is received.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduler

UPDATE – May 25, 2021: June 9th Pfizer Vaccination Clinic Set at HMC for age 12 and older

Sleeves up for summer!
Summer is right around the corner and many of the summer activities we missed last year are coming back. Outdoor entertainment, sporting events, summer camps, and group vacations are just some of the summertime activities starting to populate family calendars, so take the opportunity now to get your COVID-19 vaccine and enjoy the summer knowing you and your loved ones are vaccinated.

We are hosting a Pfizer vaccination clinic on June 9, 2021, at Hunterdon Medical Center. Late afternoon appointments will be available to all individuals 12 years and older who live, work, or go to school in the State of New Jersey. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Scheduler

To schedule an appointment online:

Click on the Online Appointment Scheduling link below and you will be redirected to our online appointment scheduling service. Once there, you will see the details of the clinic and the available times from which you can select an appointment.

Click here

 

To schedule by phone:

Our Vaccination Scheduling Call Center can be reached at (908) 237-4238 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our representatives will be happy to help you schedule an appointment.

On the day of your appointment please follow our Hunterdon Heart signs lining the road on the left side of Hunterdon Medical Center, leading to the rear of the hospital. When you approach the rear of the building you will be greeted by an attendant who will show you where to park and also provide you with the necessary vaccine paperwork to complete before you enter the hospital.  Please note, only one parent/guardian can accompany a child, and please do not arrive until your scheduled time.

UPDATE – May 10, 2021: FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine for Teens Ages 12 -15

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. The FDA amended the EUA originally issued on December 11, 2020, for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older.

UPDATE – April 23, 2021: Resumption of J&J Vaccine

The State of New Jersey Department of Health has shared notification of the resumption of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine usage.

Administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine may continue for persons 18 years of age and older upon the release of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) revised emergency use authorization (EUA) with updated facts sheets for patients and for providers.

UPDATE – APRIL 19, 2021: New Eligibility Groups Announced

The CDC and NJDOH have opened COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to all individuals age 16 years and older. Please note, the only vaccine approved for teens age 16-17 is Pfizer. If you are interested in receiving the vaccine, please include your name on our vaccination waitlist to be scheduled for an appointment at an upcoming Hunterdon Healthcare COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.

UPDATE – APRIL 13, 2021 FDA, CDC Call for Pause in Use of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

  • The FDA and CDC have called for a pause on the use of the J&J vaccine after six of the 6.8 million people who have received the vaccine experienced severe blood clots.
  • Tomorrow, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet to further discuss these reported cases of blood clots and determine the best and safest course to follow. We expect additional federal guidance will follow and will share any new information as soon as it’s available.
  • Vaccination will continue at our site using the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. These vaccines are not a part of this safety review.
  • According to the CDC, FDA, and NJDOH, individuals who have received the J&J vaccine, and experience abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath, severe headache or other unusual symptoms within three weeks after vaccination should contact their healthcare provider.

FAQs

If you lost your COVID-19 vaccination card, you can request your immunization record by visiting the New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS).

Once on this page, complete the following actions:

  1. Click on “Submit a Request” from the top blue ribbon.
  2. Click “I want to request a copy of my immunization record from NJIIS”, which will open a form that you need to complete. Note: You will need to attach a copy of your photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID include: a state-issued photo driver’s license with address; a state-issued photo non-driver’s identification card with address; a similar form of identification issued by this State, another state, or the Federal government; or a photo identification card issued by a New Jersey County Clerk.
  3. If you wish to have a copy of the COVID-19 vaccine lot number, please write this in the description section of the ticket.
  4. Click “Send” to submit your request, and your request will typically be processed within 24-48 business hours.

Note: All immunization records will be mailed. They cannot be emailed.

If I received my first dose of Pfizer or Moderna does my second dose have to be the same brand?
Yes. Your second dose appointment will be made when you arrive for your first dose.

If I received my first vaccine somewhere other than Hunterdon Healthcare can I receive my second vaccine at Hunterdon?
No. Second doses of vaccine are distributed to vaccination sites specifically for the individuals who received their first dose at that site. You should receive your second dose at the same facility as your first dose. If your first dose of vaccine was received out-of-state and you are not able to return to that state for your second dose, please contact our Vaccination Scheduling Call Center at (908) 237-4238 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for guidance.

Where else can I get the vaccine in the area?
Please visit the NJ Vaccine Schedule System: https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/ for a list of vaccination locations.

If you registered through the state vaccine site you will first be notified when you become eligible for the vaccine and then notified again when an appointment is available to you through their scheduling system.

If I am not a Hunterdon County resident or do not work in Hunterdon County can I get the vaccine from you?
Hunterdon Healthcare is permitted to administer vaccines to all individuals who live, work, go to school, and/or receive medical care in the State of New Jersey. Eligibility is not restricted to the specific county in which you live or work.

If I am feeling sick on the day of my vaccine appointment can I still receive it?
Please call your Primary Care provider for individualized instructions.

What are the differences between the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines?
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are made using messenger RNA, or mRNA, a technology that delivers a bit of genetic code to cells — in effect, a recipe to make the surface protein (known as spike) on the SARS-2 virus. The proteins made with the mRNA instructions activate the immune system, teaching it to see the spike protein as foreign and develop antibodies and other immunity weapons with which to fight it.

The J&J vaccine uses a different approach to instruct human cells to make the SARS-2 spike protein, which then triggers an immune response. It is what’s known as a viral vector vaccine. A harmless adenovirus that can’t make you sick has been engineered to carry the genetic code for the SARS-2 spike protein. Once the adenovirus enters cells, they use that code to make spike proteins.

The Pfizer vaccine has been authorized for use for people aged 12 and older. Moderna’s has been cleared for use in people 18 and older. J&J’s vaccine has been cleared for people 18 and older.

The Pfizer vaccine showed an efficacy of 95% at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection after two doses. The Moderna vaccine was 94.1% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 after the second dose. Comparing the efficacy of those vaccines to the efficacy of Johnson & Johnson’s is challenging because of differences in the designs of Phase 3 clinical tests. Pfizer’s and Moderna’s trials both tested for any symptomatic COVID-19 infection. Pfizer started counting cases seven days after receipt of the second dose of vaccine, while Moderna waited until day 14 to start counting cases.

J&J, by contrast, sought to determine whether one dose of its vaccine protected against moderate to severe COVID-19 illness — defined as a combination of a positive test and at least one symptom such as shortness of breath, beginning from 14 or 28 days after the single shot. (The company collected data for both.)

There are two other key differences in the study data: geography and calendar. The studies were done in different locations where different strains were circulating. And they were done during different months when the amount of virus in the community differed.

Because of the difference in the trials, making direct comparisons is a bit like comparing apples and oranges. The J&J one-dose vaccine was shown to be 85% protective against severe disease.

Tour of Hunterdon Medical Center’s Vaccination Clinic

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A

December 9, 2020 – At Hunterdon Healthcare, we have worked hard to prepare for and respond to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The efforts of our team have truly been heroic as they have answered the call to care for our friends and neighbors.

With a vaccine expected to soon arrive, we are now at a turning point in the pandemic and are excited to share that Hunterdon Healthcare could receive its first shipment of doses for community distribution within the first couple of months of 2021.

The health and safety of team members, patients, and community members continue to be our number one priority, and we are doing everything we can to responsibly prepare for the vaccine.

The availability of the COVID-19 vaccine is a major step forward in our quest to conquer the pandemic and save lives.

Each individual must decide if they wish to be vaccinated. Here are some questions and answers to help with this decision.

I’ve heard about something called “Operation Warp Speed.” What is it and what does it have to do with a COVID-19 vaccine?

Operation Warp Speed is a partnership among components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and the Department of Defense (DOD).

Operation Warp Speed’s goal is to produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines with the initial doses available in the first few months of 2021, as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics (collectively known as countermeasures).

The United States Congress has invested nearly $10 Billion dollars in the expeditious development of safe and effective vaccines to be delivered to patients more rapidly while adhering to standards for safety and efficacy.

When will a COVID-19 vaccine be available in the United States?

The goal for Operation Warp Speed is to deliver safe vaccines that work, with the first supply becoming available before the end of 2020. When a vaccine is authorized or approved in the United States, there may not be enough doses available for all adults right away. Supplies will increase over time, and all adults should be able to get vaccinated later in 2021. However, a COVID-19 vaccine may not be available for young children or pregnant women until more studies are completed.

Although numerous pharmaceutical companies are diligently working on various versions of a COVID-19 vaccine, two well-established organizations: Pfizer and Moderna, both applied for and received approval for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) does not mean that a new drug or vaccine can be distributed for use without completing the required and necessary trial phases. Drugs and vaccines approved under a EUA still require appropriate testing, successful and acceptable outcomes, and thorough clinical review before public distribution is allowed.

Due to the tremendous financial and human capital resources dedicated to supporting the development and testing of these vaccines, the typical multi-year timeframe was able to be effectively condensed thereby allowing developers the ability to bring forward the trial research for formal review much sooner than previous vaccines.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine have been verified by the Food and Drug Administration with a 95 percent efficacy rate and cleared for public distribution beginning in mid-December 2020.

How did the COVID vaccines get approved? Was the process too rushed?

• The approval process for vaccines protecting against COVID-19 requires rigorous testing and trials to prove the vaccine is safe and effective, and the U.S. vaccine safety system is working to ensure that all vaccines meet stringent criteria before distribution.
• Hunterdon Healthcare is working closely with, and following the guidance of, federal and state public health authorities to thoughtfully plan and ensure we are ready for distribution as soon as an authorized vaccine is available.
• Planning has been underway to ensure we are prepared to store, track, transport, and administer the vaccine quickly and efficiently.
• All of the necessary steps have been followed in researching the vaccine. Because a COVID-19 vaccine is crucial to ending the pandemic, many more resources were devoted to developing a vaccine quickly, bringing it to market much faster than previous vaccines.
• Three phases of clinical trials were followed. First, volunteers are given a vaccine candidate to see if it works, then tens of thousands of vaccine recipients are watched for side effects and illness compared to the thousands of volunteers who received a placebo (non-vaccine) injection.
• If a vaccine is shown to work for at least 50% of those in trials and shows a very low risk of side effects, the FDA approves it for use in the US.
• Independent advisors get to review and comment on all trial data, then decide whether or not the vaccine is safe and effective enough to recommend for some or all people in the US.
• Professional groups such as AAP, ACP, ACOG, and AAFP look over the data as well as the independent advisor recommendations. They then decide whether or not to accept them. Their findings are communicated to the healthcare professionals they lead.
• Your public health officials and trusted healthcare providers will have access to all of the data and information to help you decide whether or not to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
• Easy access to COVID-19 vaccines is equally critical. The CDC is working with public health, healthcare providers, and other partners to make sure people can easily get a COVID-19 vaccine and that cost is not a barrier.

Specific information related to both vaccines will be aggressively communicated to the public once the vaccine becomes readily available. You can receive this information through your favorite news network, media outlet, here on the Hunterdon Healthcare website or the Hunterdon Healthcare Facebook page. As new information becomes available it will be immediately shared. If you have questions about the vaccine for which you can’t find easy answers, please feel free to call our Hunterdon Healthcare COVID-19 Hotline at (908) 788-6440 and one of our representatives will be happy to help you.

Will there be enough vaccine for everyone?

When FDA first authorizes or approves the use of one or more COVID-19 vaccines, there will be a limited supply. This would mean that not everyone will be able to be vaccinated right away.

Supply of the vaccine will continually increase in the weeks and months to follow the initial distribution. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available.

At this time, the CDC is hopeful that by summer 2021 everyone who wants to be vaccinated will have been vaccinated.

Are there special considerations on who should get the COVID-19 vaccine first?

At first, there will be a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine. Operation Warp Speed is working to get those first vaccine doses out once a vaccine is authorized or approved and recommended, rather than waiting until there is enough vaccine for everyone. However, it is important that the initial supplies of vaccine are given to people in a fair, ethical, and transparent way. Based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) it has been decided that the first doses of the vaccine will be offered to healthcare workers with direct exposure to patients and nursing home patients. Additional phases will be announced as the vaccine becomes available.

There are different versions of the COVID-19 vaccine. Which one should I get?

• Experts recommend that you get any approved vaccine and that you are vaccinated as soon as possible.
• When a vaccine requires a second dose, it must be from the same manufacturer and must be taken within the necessary timeframe between doses.
• The Moderna vaccine requires two doses separated by at least 28 days.
• The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses separated by at least 21 days.
• Detailed information for both vaccines will be immediately shared as soon as it becomes available.

Can I pick which vaccine I want to get?

It is recommended that you get any approved vaccine available in your community. We do not know if or when there will be more than one choice in our area. Both doses must be from the same manufacturer.

Will I get COVID-19 by getting the vaccine?

You cannot get COVID-19 from a COVID-19 vaccine.

How many shots of the COVID-19 vaccine will I need?

All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines soon to be distributed in the United States need two shots, taken between 21-28 days apart (depending on vaccine), to be effective. The other COVID-19 vaccine, not yet out of its clinical trial period uses one shot.

Will I still need to wear a mask if I receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. The CDC recommends that during the pandemic people must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside their household, when in healthcare facilities, and when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine. Masks should continue to be worn until otherwise advised by the CDC – regardless of whether or not you’ve had the vaccine.

While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

Is the vaccine safe?

Yes. All vaccines trigger an immune response in your body. This response protects you when you are exposed to the virus. There are common symptoms after any vaccination, including the COVID-19 vaccine. These are minor, can occur with any vaccine and not a cause for concern. Limited few examples of these minor reactions are pain at the injection site, muscle aches, low-grade fever, fatigue, and/or headaches. When these symptoms occur after a vaccine dose, they typically go away in a few days. It does not mean you shouldn’t get a future vaccine dose.

Researchers must detect and report serious side effects of vaccines. For both vaccines coming to market, there were no serious side effects attributed to the vaccine.

Is the vaccine effective?

Yes. People who receive the vaccine are about 95% less likely to get infected with COVID, especially severe COVID.

Who should get the vaccine?

At this time, the vaccines that will soon be available are only appropriate for persons aged 18 years or older.

The CDC, along with other experts, has prioritized vaccine recipients until the supply is sufficient for everyone. Healthcare workers are the first priority group, both because of their potential for exposure to COVID-19 and because they are critical to caring for those who are sick. Nursing home residents are also in the first group since viruses spread in congregate living settings and they are medically fragile.

Those with personal health risk factors are another important group for vaccination, since the chances of serious infection, hospitalization, and death are increased for these individuals.

Who should not get the vaccine?

Those who are allergic to components in the vaccine. (Information related to the potential side effects of each approved vaccine will be provided as soon as the details are received.)

Those who have a serious reaction to a prior dose should not receive a subsequent dose. Remember, minor reactions mean your immune system is working to recognize the virus if you encounter it in the future. Minor reactions are not a reason to skip the vaccine!

Who is paying for the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccine will be available to everyone at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone, which may be billed to insurance or waived depending on financial need.

If I want the vaccine when it is available, where can I get it?

Logistics for vaccine distribution are still being developed but as the vaccine becomes widely available for the public it is expected that the vaccine will be available through your primary care provider’s office, pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, and public health offices. Please continue to visit our website for a list of vaccine locations as they become known.

If I was already diagnosed with COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated when it is available?

There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. Until additional research is available regarding long-term immunity to the COVID-19 virus after vaccination, it is recommended that you still receive the vaccine.

I’ve heard that vaccines, in general, aren’t good or really necessary for you. Why should I get vaccinated for anything?

Every year thousands of adults in the U.S. become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent. Many adults even die from these diseases. By getting vaccinated, you can help protect yourself from much of this unnecessary suffering.

1. Vaccines can lower your chance of getting certain diseases.
Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses to help you safely develop immunity to disease. This lowers your chances of getting certain diseases and suffering from their complications.
2. Vaccines lower your chance of spreading disease.
Some people in your family or community may not be able to get certain vaccines due to their age or health condition. They rely on you to help prevent the spread of disease. Infants, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems (like those undergoing cancer treatment) are especially vulnerable to infectious disease. For example, newborn babies are too young to be vaccinated against whooping cough. Unfortunately, whooping cough can be very dangerous or even deadly for them. Pregnant women should get the Tdap vaccine during every pregnancy to help protect their babies from whooping cough. Anyone who is around babies should be up to date with their whooping cough vaccine.
3. You can’t afford to get sick!
You have a busy life and too much responsibility to risk getting sick. Vaccines can help you stay healthy so you don’t miss work. If you can avoid getting sick, you will have more time for your family, friends, and hobbies. Getting recommended vaccines can give you some peace of mind. You will have the best possible protection available against a number of serious diseases.
4. Vaccines are one of the safest ways to protect your health and the health of others.

Information provided by CDC.gov website

 

Medical Mondays Program – COVID-19 Vaccine 101 – What do Patients Need to Know?

Hunterdon Healthcare hosted our first Medical Mondays program today. If you missed the program or would like to share what you learned with family and friends, below is a link to the program. This program focused on COVID-19 Vaccine 101 – What do Patients Need to Know?

Hunterdon Healthcare Hosts Virtual Educational Program: COVID-19 Vaccine 101 – What do I need to know?

Hunterdon Healthcare is introducing a new virtual series called Medical Mondays.  The first program will focus on COVID-19 Vaccine 101 – What do I need to know? This program will be held on Monday, January 18th from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. via Google Meet.

COVID-19 Vaccine 101 will be moderated by Patrick Gavin, President and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare, and include specialists:  Geralyn Prosswimmer, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Hunterdon Healthcare Partners, and Lisa Rasimowicz, MSN, RN, CIC, Director, Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Officer, Hunterdon Healthcare.

Topics will include, but are not limited to, the difference between the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the effectiveness of the vaccines, what is an mRNA vaccine, possible side effects, immunity, and the phases, roll out and Hunterdon Healthcare’s vaccine response plans.

Attendees can submit questions in advance to Kseelig@hhsnj.org or post via the chat feature during the program. To register, please email Kathleen Seelig, Corporate Director Marketing and Public Relations, Kseelig@hhsnj.org. A confirmation email and the Google Meet link will be sent once registration is received.

 

The COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives at Hunterdon Medical Center

Hunterdon Healthcare Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

On Thursday, December 17th at 10:30 a.m., Hunterdon Healthcare received the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer to begin vaccinating employees.

“With approved COVID-19 vaccines now being distributed to hospitals, we are eager to begin administering the vaccine to our physicians, nurses, and clinicians providing direct patient care. State and federal public health guidelines carefully prioritized the first doses based on factors such as frontline workers and those highest at-risk for infection or severe illness,” explained Patrick Gavin, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare.  Hunterdon Healthcare received 975 doses and will begin administering the vaccine to employees on Thursday evening.   Hunterdon Healthcare will vaccinate 3,000 employees and healthcare workers.

The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect us against the virus.  The Pfizer vaccine has an efficacy rate of 95 percent with no serious safety concerns based on clinical trials with more than 38,000 people. The Pfizer vaccine will require two doses spaced 21 days apart.

Mr. Gavin added, “While we don’t know when a vaccine will be widely available for our community, we are thoughtfully planning and working closely with federal and state public health officials to ensure we are ready for distribution as soon as an authorized vaccine is available. The health and safety of health care workers, patients and the community are our number one priority at Hunterdon Healthcare, and we strive to deliver compassionate and exceptional care that improves the health of the community.”

For additional COVID vaccine information and distribution details (when available), please visit to

https://www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/news_room/vaccine-information/. This site will be regularly updated as new information is made available.

Pictured: Edward Spector, M.D., Emergency Medicine Physician and Chairman of Emergency Medicine was the first person to be vaccinated at Hunterdon Medical Center.  Hunterdon Medical Center will vaccinate 3,000 employees and healthcare workers.

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