Ascension Genesys Hospital vaccinates first associates

Muhammed Aboudan, MD, was the first of Ascension Genesys’ medical staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Dec. 23. Photo provided

Muhammed Aboudan, MD, was the first of Ascension Genesys’ medical staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Dec. 23. Photo provided

GRAND BLANC — The first associates at Ascension Genesys Hospital received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination on Dec. 23. The hospital received 3,400 doses of the vaccine and within hours vaccinated its first associates.

The first recipient to receive the vaccine was Muhammed Aboudan, MD, a pulmonary critical care physician.

“I am very excited! Finally, we have something to fight this pandemic,” Dr. Aboudan said. “I would recommend getting the vaccine. The benefits definitely outweigh the risks. This is going to be important not only for the people receiving the vaccine…this is going to be important for all of us. We need to protect each other as a community. But even with the vaccine, we can’t drop our guard – now more than ever. We need to continue to stay safe – social distance and wear masks.”

Amber Turner, RN, who works in the medical ICU at Ascension Genesys Hospital, was the second vaccine recipient.

“I’m happy to be among the first recipients. It can only help me protect myself, my family, my work family and the community as well,” she said. “At the end of the day, we do all we can for our patients and their families. We’ve all cried a lot. We’ve all been there for each other. I’m glad I was able to do something during this pandemic…that I was able to be a frontliner and be out there and make a difference.”

“This is a very exciting moment for us,” said Christopher Palazzolo, President, Ascension Genesys Hospital and Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. “This is definitely a first step. As we await widespread distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, it is still critical for our entire community to continue wearing masks, maintaining distance from others and washing hands frequently to protect ourselves and those around us.” — G.G.