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Nashville General Hospital at Meharry receives first round of COVID-19 vaccines

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 20:01:19-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Monday was a historic day for Nashville General Hospital at Meharry. After initially being left off the list, Nashville General at Meharry received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines.

The Pfizer vaccine was given to six front-line workers Monday.

"During this holiday season I got to share hope with my children," said emergency doctor Ben Heavrin, "I told them when daddy goes to work even though its dangerous there's hope and I am very hopeful day after a year filled with hardships."

About 500 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have been sent to Nashville General hospital. The initial doses arrived this Monday morning.

Over the weekend, Meharry Medical College President and CEO Dr. James Hildreth said the institution was left off the Pfizer vaccination list.

On Sunday night, Dr. Hildreth tweeted the following:

"Thanks to my colleagues at HCA for helping me get Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for Meharry front line healthcare providers. Somehow Meharry did no make the list. I am so proud of Meharrians who have done their part in the fight against COVID-19."

Healthcare workers like Ronald Childress tell us that this year has been difficult but this vaccine is encouraging.

"My family has lost a lot of family members and friends because of the virus and I see how its devastating to the community, I felt it was time to come together and get something done," Childress said.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center and St. Thomas received their first round of the vaccine last week.