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Suburban Community Hospital Announces Its First COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

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Suburban Community Hospital Announces Its First COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

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Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

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MAliprantis@primehealthcare.com

Suburban Community Hospital Announces Its First COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Montgomery County, PA (February 10, 2021)– Suburban Community Hospital held its first COVID-19 vaccine clinic for the public who meet the 1A criteria today. The event served as an historic day for the hospital as they administered the Pfizer vaccine to community members of Montgomery County. Initial supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine are limited.

The Pennsylvania County Department of Health identified a phased approach for vaccine distribution, and the eligibility to receive the vaccine is based on the guidance in the Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan (pa.gov). Phase (1A) includes vaccinating those most at-risk of illness, such as health care workers and Pennsylvanians living in long-term care facilities, persons age 65 and older, and those age 16-64 with high-risk conditions.

The clinic vaccinated 250 residents of the community and over 1,000 staff members with the first dose of the [Pfizer/Moderna] vaccine.

“We are pleased to be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to our local community and staff,” said David Schmidt, chief nursing officer of Suburban Community Hospital. “Our patients who meet the 1A criteria have a much higher risk for getting sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19. They live in the community where the virus continues to spread, and yet despite the circumstances, they continue to risk their lives caring for our most vulnerable. This vaccine has been shown to provide a great deal of protection against the virus and will save many lives.”

Suburban Community Hospital will continue to follow all necessary precautions, including wearing personal protective equipment and conducting regular testing, to ensure the utmost safety.

“We are grateful that federal and state officials designated the 1A category for this critical population. We remind our community to remain calm and patient as we continue to rollout our vaccine distribution,” Schmidt added.

Donna Lorenz, director of quality/risk management/patient safety said, “This has been a very challenging year for our staff, our community and their loved ones. With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise within our community, we know there is still a long road ahead. However, we are encouraged that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has found the vaccine to be safe and effective. We are hopeful that we can begin to put this pandemic behind us and look ahead to brighter days.”

The phased vaccination approach allows for continued functioning of the health care system and essential services in the community, while protecting people at increased risk for severe COVID- 19 illness. These prioritizations may change as more information on vaccine effectiveness and additional vaccination products become available.

Suburban Community Hospital will continue the vaccine administration roll out over a monthly series throughout the year, as vaccines become more widely available.

There are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals for the vaccine, however, healthcare providers may bill insurance for administrative costs. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses, separated by 21 days. Individuals should receive both doses in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

Suburban Community Hospital also announced its participation in a #CrushingCovid-19 campaign. The campaign, led by the Marketing and Hospital Administration Team, is a coordinated effort among its sister hospitals, across the Pennsylvania Region to encourage vaccination. Suburban Community Hospital will use #CrushingCovid-19 on promotional materials in their facility and social media channels to reassure family members and the public that the hospital is one of the safest places in the community.

The COVID-19 vaccine is critical in slowing the spread and helping communities recover from the pandemic. Stopping the pandemic will take ALL our tools: handwashing, masks, social distancing, and vaccines. Together, these tools offer the best chance of getting our communities, schools, and work sites back to normal. Suburban Community Hospital reminds residents to continue using prevention strategies as vaccines become more widely available and for some time thereafter.

To learn more about Suburban Community Hospital’s distribution plan, please visit https://www.suburbanhosp.org/patients-visitors/covid-19-patient-visitor-information/

About Suburban Community Hospital- Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 46 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.