CRMC encourages COVID vaccinations

COOKEVILLE — The number of those hospitalized with COVID-19 have slowly increased over the last few weeks. 

Since March 10, Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has seen 114 COVID positive admissions. 

“Out of those 114 admissions, only four have been fully vaccinated,” said Stephanie Etter, infection control manager. “Effectiveness is around 96% for the two dose vaccines, so this fits right along with that claim.” 

There has also been an increase in the number of patients who are younger (age 35-65 group) while the number of older patients (70 years and older) have decreased. 

“Even if you have been fully vaccinated, please continue to wear a mask, especially while in the hospital,” said Paul Korth, CRMC CEO. “We want to ensure everyone who visits the hospital does so in a safe way.” 

According to the state health department, more than 52,000 vaccines have been administered in Putnam County. The largest age group that has been vaccinated is the 71-80 year old group, with the 81 and older being the second largest group followed by the 61-70 year old group. 

Nearly 30% of the state’s population have been vaccinated. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. 

Side effects after vaccination are normal and it typically takes two weeks following a vaccination for the body to build immunity against the virus that causes COVID-19.  

You are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a one-dose vaccine. 

“Please consider getting a vaccine to protect the ones you love,” Korth said.

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