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Adventist Health Tillamook vaccinates front lines associates


December 28, 2020, Tillamook, Ore - Adventist Health Tillamook healthcare associates on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic have received a historic shot of protection against the novel coronavirus after acquiring the first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Adventist Health Tillamook is distributing its allotment of 400 vaccine doses to physicians and associates who are in direct contact with COVID-19 patients, per the CDC guidelines. “As the COVID-19 pandemic has lasted much longer expected, the vaccine will help to ensure our healthcare personnel remain healthy, safe and ready to provide care to all who need it,” said Gina Seufert, physician and clinic services executive.

Vaccines are being rolled out in phases and will be made widely available to the public in 2021. The COVID-19 vaccine was rigorously tested for safety before being approved for Emergency Use Authorization in the United States.

Dr. John Bohlman, the medical officer for Adventist Health Tillamook says, “I believe the best and likely only real solution to bringing an end to the COVID-19 pandemic is for everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. It is our only hope of stopping this virus and returning to our normal lives. I am confident that the vaccine will change the trajectory of the pandemic.”

The Moderna vaccine uses messenger RNA (mRNA) to teach cells in the body how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects against COVID-19. Because the mRNA stays within the cell’s cytoplasm, there is no effect on its DNA. The vaccine does not contain a live virus and does not carry a risk of causing disease in the vaccinated person.

While vaccinations begin taking place across our region, community members are encouraged to continue practicing safety precautions, including wearing masks, staying at least 6 feet and washing their hands frequently. Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine may be found online at Questions about community distribution of the vaccines may be directed to the Tillamook County Community Health Center.

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Adventist Health Tillamook is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 37,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing