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Covid-19 Vaccine Arrives in Wayne County

Physicians, hospital staff receive doses

An early Christmas present arrived this year for healthcare workers at Wayne Memorial – the first installment of Moderna’s Covid-19 Vaccine. Among the first in the group to receive the vaccine was Dr. Bill Headley. He shares he has experienced no real side effects, lest a sore arm for a couple of days. “I encourage folks to get the vaccine, so that we can beat this virus quickly.” Headley will return 28 days from the shot date for his second dose of the vaccine. He added it was the “best early Christmas gift EVER!!”


Hospital Employee Beth Gorse also received the first of the two-part vaccine. She experienced soreness in her arm the next day, similar to a flu shot. She shared, “I have a sense of relief knowing that I’ve started this vaccine process.”

Fellow employee Janet Keith joins her coworkers in their excitement on receiving the vaccine. “All is well. Feeling appreciative! I pray it is available to everyone who wants the vaccine soon. I am more afraid of getting Covid-19 than I am of taking this new vaccine. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a Covid-free 2021 for all. Roll your sleeves up…and get ready!” Keith also shared she has experienced no side effects.

Angie Jones, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer for the hospital, said, “We are excited to have the vaccine available for our healthcare providers and first responders. The vaccine gives us all hope in a better year coming. We have had no serious reactions or issues reported in anyone who has received the vaccine to date.”

Wayne Memorial Hospital, whose mission is to provide high quality health care services to all patients, built a state-of-the-art facility in 2007. It is the third largest employer in Wayne County with 500 employees, 84 beds and is a three-time winner of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Small Hospital of the Year Award.

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