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NOTE: Lakeland Regional Health appreciates the media’s partnership in helping share the facts about COVID-19. We will continue to keep you up to date with weekly COVID-19 Media Briefing Reports.

Lakeland, FL – Lakeland Regional Health is committed to the safety and well-being of its team members, patients and the community, and the health system is grateful to be able to serve the community by administering COVID-19 vaccines in a variety of ways.

“Every day, our physicians, nurses and support team members see the devastating health effects that COVID-19 has had on our community,” said Timothy J. Regan, MD, President, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center/Chief Medical Officer, Lakeland Regional Health. “We are thankful to have been allocated vaccine supplies from the state to take steps to prevent further spread of this virus. We are hopeful that Lakeland Regional Health and other agencies in our community will continue to receive enough doses to vaccinate everyone in our community.”

MEDICALLY VULNERABLE

On February 8, 2021, Lakeland Regional Health received 1,000 vaccines doses, designated for those ages 64 years and younger who are medically vulnerable, according to guidelines set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lakeland Regional Health worked with community agencies to reach out via email and text messages to certain individuals in the community who meet the CDC high-risk criteria and are 64 years or younger to invite them to schedule a vaccination appointment. They include:

  • Individuals with Down syndrome 
  • Patients currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments
  • Patients currently undergoing dialysis due to chronic kidney disease

This most recent shipment of vaccine doses has already been designated to individuals who fall into the categories mentioned above. At this time, there is not a waiting list for this population nor are we accepting appointment requests. Lakeland Regional Health is hopeful to receive future shipments of the vaccine and will continue to share vaccine administration information through email, its website, social media and the local media.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH VACCINES

Lakeland Regional Health is pleased to complete Week 3 of assisting the Department of Health with administering vaccines at the YMCA to those ages 65 years and older. As of February 7, 2021, Lakeland Regional Health has vaccinated 5,500 individuals who were on the waiting list through the Department of Health in Polk County. On February 9, Lakeland Regional Health will begin administering 2,500 more vaccines from the Department of Health.

If you are 65 years of age or older and would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you are encouraged to visit https://register.polk.health to add your name to the waiting list.

For more Frequently Asked Questions, please visit https://www.mylrh.org/covidvaccine/.

The gradual increase in vaccine administration should not be a signal for residents to let down their guards, experts say. Infectious Disease specialists at Lakeland Regional Health continue to urge residents to avoid unmasked public gatherings and those who have been vaccinated should continue to wear masks in public settings.

About Lakeland Regional Health 

Not-for-profit Lakeland Regional Health reaches beyond its hospital walls to promote wellness, education and discovery in new places and new ways, providing a wide range of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services at its Medical Center, Hollis Cancer Center and ambulatory care locations. Lakeland Regional Health earned Most Wired Advanced and Most Wired status five times since 2013 from the American Hospital Association and has earned workplace awards from Forbes, Gallup and Becker’s Hospital Review. Its 864-bed comprehensive tertiary referral hospital, Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center, operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine.

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