A message from Dr. Joseph Cacchione on the COVID-19 vaccine
Find out more and be ready when the COVID-19 vaccine is available to your employees
To our valued employer partners,
We hope this message finds you and your family well. We see hope continuing to build in this new year, as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available across the country. Across Ascension, we have already vaccinated more than 100,000 of our front-line caregivers and staff, including those in your local community. As we continue to vaccinate to help protect your family and ours from COVID-19, we are eager to reach as many people as possible to achieve a point of community immunity. Getting your employees the COVID-19 vaccine can help bring us all back together.
We'll keep you updated when your employees are eligible for the vaccine
Consistent with guidance from state and local government and health agencies in some areas of the country, the vaccine is already being offered to those who are 65 years old and older, emergency responders, and in many areas, to teachers. Please share this with your older family members, friends and loved ones as well. The COVID-19 vaccine is in limited supply now, but we expect it to be more widely available across our communities in the coming weeks and months and are preparing now for how we will support distribution measures to our employer partners. We are grateful for the overwhelmingly positive community response, collaboration and support as we work to administer COVID-19 vaccines as they become available.
Our Ascension care teams have been with you all along, and we are also with you during this challenging time. We will keep you updated with email communication like this and will provide ongoing updates on our website.
Protecting those most vulnerable in our communities
Many local and state government and health agencies are prioritizing those at highest risk after front-line healthcare staff to receive the vaccine. COVID-19 may have a more serious impact on people who are older and who may also have chronic illness, compromised immune systems or some pre-existing conditions. Your employees may be starting to think about getting a COVID-19 vaccine when it's available, and may have questions about whether it's the right choice for them. We encourage them to speak to their doctor or other medical professional to find out more.
Medical experts agree that the vaccines are both safe and effective and the benefits of being vaccinated outweigh any identified risks or side effects. The most common side effects to the COVID-19 vaccination have been arm pain and flu-like symptoms lasting up to two days. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The importance of the vaccine includes the impact it can have on protecting those who are most at risk in our communities. We encourage each individual to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination when it is available to help protect yourself, your family and friends and your community.
Get answers to common questions about the COVID-19 vaccination
Along with keeping your employees safe, the COVID-19 vaccine can help prevent the spread of this serious disease in our communities. Additional information and frequently asked questions can be found on our website.
Don't delay getting the care you need - take charge of your health
Now, more than ever, it is important to prioritize health and wellness. Don't delay care. We're ready to provide the care patients need, while maintaining strict precautions to keep them safe while in our clinics, hospitals and ERs. This year, encourage your employees to reconnect with their doctor to check in on their health. Ask about any new symptoms, and find out about preventive screenings or immunizations they may need. Encourage your family and friends to do the same, as they may be delaying important care.
Committed to your health and safety
The health and safety of your employees are our top priority at Ascension. We will continue to be your choice for compassionate, personalized care and your trusted resource for health information in the community, especially now. Please forward and share this message with your employees, family, friends and others - especially older loved ones - in the community who have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine at this time.
Thank you for trusting us with your health and the health of your family.
Joseph Cacchione, MD, FACC
Executive Vice President, Clinical & Network Services, Ascension