TidalHealth begins vaccinating staff members

DELMARVA – TidalHealth has begun what is anticipated to be a month-long process of vaccinating its healthcare team against COVID-19.

Officials tell 47 ABC that the first administration of the Pfizer vaccine took place this morning at TidalHealth Nanticoke in Seaford. Dr. Joseph Kim, a primary care physician for TidalHealth in Laurel, DE, was the first in the health system to receive it.

At TidalHealth Peninsula Regional, registered nurse Delajuan Coston was the first staff member to receive the vaccine. We’re told Delajuan has worked in the Robert T. Adkins, M.D. Emergency/Trauma Center for 16 months and has been on the frontline of the pandemic caring for patients.

“The past nine months have been extremely challenging for everyone, but there is now great reason to be optimistic,” said Steve Leonard, Ph.D., MBA, FACHE, and President/CEO of TidalHealth. “Everyone wants to move past our pandemic restrictions and return to a normal life. The most important step to getting us there is this vaccine, and TidalHealth is honored to be leading the effort.”

COVID-19 staff vaccinations are voluntary but highly encouraged for every member of the TidalHealth healthcare team as the vaccine becomes available. The first to be vaccinated include TidalHealth frontline healthcare employees who are at the greatest risk of exposure to the virus, including nurses, providers, and others such as respiratory and pulmonary staff, who have close and direct contact with COVID-positive patients in areas including the emergency department, the ICU, and COVID critical and medical care units and floors.

Staff and residents of TidalHealth’s Alice B. Tawes Nursing Home and Chesapeake Cove Assisted Living Center in Crisfield are scheduled to be vaccinated within the next two to three weeks.

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