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'All of us doing everything we can': Navicent responds to Biden's COVID-19 executive orders

President Joe Biden announced his national COVID-19 plan on Thursday, and it includes additional funding and a major vaccination rollout.

MACON, Ga. — In his first days in office, President Joe Biden signed nearly 30 executive orders. One of those orders pushes for increasing the supply of PPE, COVID-19 tests, and vaccinations.

He says the goal is to have 100 million Americans vaccinated in 100 days.

"Many of the politicians in Washington as well as Atlanta have been charging us as leaders to get vaccinations out," said Dr. Sandy Duke, the Executive VP and Chief Clinical Officer at Navicent Health System.

Duke says it's a lofty goal, but they're up for the challenge.

"We're really excited to have the energy around vaccination and the initiative from the White House certainly; it's our goal as well to vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible," he said.

On Jan. 18, Navicent Health opened the first mass vaccination location in the area, allowing first responders, healthcare workers, and people over the age of 65 to schedule appointments. Duke says the first week was successful.

"We have already vaccinated nearly 1,400 people there and we are set to open another vaccination location," he said.

Duke says that -- according to experts -- the goal is to get about 80% of people to build up antibodies in order to slow and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. To get millions vaccinated in the next three months would work towards accomplishing this goal.

"We've got to get lots of shots and lots of arms twice," he said. "100 million in 100 days sounds like a really big number until you think about the fact that that's only 50 million people in the entire nation. How long is that going to take?"

Duke adds that it can be done as long as every available vaccine location gets enough supply to keep up with the high demand. It all starts on a federal level.

"It isn't going to be just CVS, it isn't going to be just Walgreens, it isn't going to be just Navicent Health...it's going to be all of us doing everything we can to get the vaccine out as quickly as we can," he said.

If you qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine while in Phase 1A, you can schedule your appointment with Navicent Health System at www.COVIDsafeGA.org or call 478-633-SAFE (7233).


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