Walking into the Pearland Clinic, you could feel the hope and excitement in the air as staff and patients took part in a mass vaccination event.
Beginning March 3, the Pearland Clinic began a four-day vaccine initiative in partnership with City of Pearland where 250 individuals meeting the COVID-19 vaccination criteria for 1a and 1b groups were vaccinated each day. Vaccinating this number on a daily basis is a major operation that required an all-hands-on-deck approach, but it wasn’t more than the Pearland Clinic staff could handle.
Kelsey-Seybold operations directors and medical leadership have been working with contacts at City of Pearland and providing administrative and clinical support for the City’s vaccination efforts. Through this relationship, the City allocated more than 1,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Kelsey-Seybold to help increase vaccination rates in the community.
“This amazing event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of so many partners here at Pearland Clinic and throughout the organization. My sincere thanks to the Pearland Clinic pharmacy team and the wellness team! I also want to express thanks to the nurses and administrative staff who came to help us from clinics throughout our system, including Clear Lake, Fort Bend, Sienna, Baytown, Pasadena, Main Campus, Meyerland, and Houston Center,” said Andrew Fontenot, Clinic Administrator, Kelsey-Seybold Pearland. “This event was a resounding success with more than 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine delivered into the arms of our most vulnerable community members. We all hope that the state continues to provide vaccine to the citizens of Pearland, and we continue to receive allocations so we may continue our community vaccination efforts.
Eddie Burns, manager of Facilities at Kelsey-Seybold, received his first dose of COVID-19 Moderna vaccine and was so excited to be a part of the ‘beginning of the end’ of the pandemic.
Danielle Sloan, R.N., Supervisor II of Nursing at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic- Pearland, worked on documentation during the vaccination event. She was
responsible for documenting the patients who received vaccine and oversaw the patients after receiving the vaccine. “This is such a great opportunity for the community to become vaccinated. It’s been great seeing leadership involved in this effort – some even stepping in to help calm nervous patients in the waiting room.”
Charles Lemons, III, L.V.N., is a member of the Kelsey-Seybold wellness team that administered the vaccine to patients during this vaccination event. He said, “Keeping people and the community healthy is why I became a nurse in the first place. By being here today, I’m doing my part and very much looking forward to ending this pandemic and returning to semi-normalcy.”
Maria Cassillo, a patient of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, received the COVID-19 vaccination on March 4. She admitted to being a little nervous about getting the shot itself but was hopeful that this was going to help her see more of her family once she is fully vaccinated.