About 180 Covid-19 vaccinations were administered Thursday, Dec. 31 to individuals 80-and-older at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville. Shown preparing vaccines are Kathy Zerkle, RN volunteer, left; Mindy Ewing, standing center, RN with the Fayette County Health Department; and Alex Ritchie, RN with the FCHD.

Fayette County health officials have been among those administering Covid-19 vaccinations in recent weeks.

On Thursday, Dec. 31 at the Fayette County Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville, the Fayette County Health Department administered about 180 vaccines to members of the general public who are 80-and-older. The FCHD had previously vaccinated various emergency services and law enforcement personnel.

Of the doses available to the public on Dec. 31, 100 were Moderna and the others were Pfizer, according to Teri Harlan, the health department’s administrator.

“We plan to give second doses (boosters) to 45 people this week,” Harlan said Monday. “We will also have about 150 more doses of Pfizer to give to people who are 80-or-older.”

Harlan said Monday that the department was working on scheduling appointments for the batch of 150 doses.

Plateau Medical Center CEO Josh Wedge said Tuesday his hospital has vaccinated slightly more than 170 employees — all with the Pfizer vaccine — in recent weeks.

The first round of vaccines in the initial two weeks focused on front-line staff, then ancillary hospital staff were vaccinated last week.

The first round of follow-up booster shots was to begin Tuesday, Wedge said.

There has been “a great response” from hospital employees, said Wedge, who himself took the vaccine last week.

“One of the blessings (is that) our docs have been really great advocates for the vaccine,” he said.

Wedge said the hospital still has some doses of the vaccine available for staff and has the ability to order more doses from the state if necessary.

He noted that he isn’t aware of any abnormal physical response to the vaccine from hospital staff so far. “I’ve not heard of anything unusual,” Wedge said.

According to President/CEO Vickie Gay, Montgomery General Hospital received a total of 225 doses of Pfizer vaccine through the first three weeks of distribution (120 for the hospital and 105 for the associated nursing home).

To date, 222 doses have been administered to employees, swing bed patients and extended care/nursing home residents, she said.

Gay said the hospital hasn’t experienced any issues with pick-up of the vaccine; however, she stresses that distribution is time-sensitive. “The Pfizer vaccine has to be administered within five days of being removed from ultra-cold storage and within six hours of reconstitution of each vial,” Gay said.

Montgomery General picked up 45 more initial vaccine doses on Tuesday, along with 20 booster doses. The latter marks the second dose for the initial 20 shots administered in week 1.

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