Williamson Medical Center update on COVID-19 hospitalizations: January 13

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Williamson Medical Center provides an updated snapshot of its hospitalized COVID-19 patients as of January 14, 2022. WMC is caring for 33 people with COVID (19 unvaccinated, 14 vaccinated) including 4 on ventilators (3 of them are unvaccinated patients), 9 in critically ill (4 unvaccinated, 5 vaccinated).

The latest report from Williamson Medical Center, Jan. 6, said WMC was caring for 43 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 (29 unvaccinated and 14 vaccinated).

Williamson Medical Center released the following statement:

While the total number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations has decreased week over week, the vast majority of hospitalizations this week are new admissions and include patients requiring advanced and mechanical methods to help to breathe.

Please note that our current vaccinated data represents patients who received either the two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, the two doses of the Moderna vaccine, or the J&J vaccine. It does not represent whether or not a patient received a booster dose at that time.

Vaccination continues to provide the best protection against the severe effects of COVID-19. Although breakthrough infections are possible despite vaccination, protection against serious diseases is maintained. As such, WMC encourages those who are unvaccinated to get vaccinated. For those who have completed their initial vaccination, we encourage you to receive a booster dose when eligible to provide additional protection.

Last week, the CDC updated its recommendation for when people can get a booster shot. This means that people can now receive a booster shot of mRNA 5 months after completing their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, 6 months after receiving their second dose of the Moderna vaccine and 2 months after receiving the J&J vaccine.

WMC urges everyone to continue to take precautions during this current wave of the Omicron variant. Recommendations include wearing masks when traveling and around other people indoors, observing social distancing, and limiting indoor gatherings.

Find where to get your COVID-19 vaccine, including booster shots for those eligible, here: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/

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