March 5, 2021
Fredericksburg, VA (March 4, 2021)—Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) announced today they will receive
an allocation of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for use in
the Fredericksburg region. MWHC will provide the region’s first
Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Monday, March 8, 2021.
“We are excited to have another vaccine receive an emergency use
authorization from the FDA, and to be able to vaccinate more members of
our community,” says Michael McDermott, MD, MBA, Chief Executive
Officer for Mary Washington Healthcare. “It is our mission to improve
the health of the people in our region. Participating in the health department’s
vaccination efforts is preventing hundreds—maybe thousands—of
hospitalizations from COVID-19.”
Since December, MWHC administered both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines
supporting the efforts of the Rappahannock Area Health District in vaccinating
the Commonwealth’s Phases 1a and 1b vaccination priority groups.
Johnson & Johnson received emergency use authorization for their vaccine
last week. The vaccine is administered through a single dose, unlike the
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which require two doses.
“All of these vaccines are equally effective against preventing hospitalization
and death from COVID-19, which is fantastic news. If you are not yet vaccinated
and have an opportunity to receive one of these approved vaccines, the
best decision you can make for your health is to get vaccinated with any
of these approved vaccines as soon as possible. The faster we can vaccinate
our community, the faster we can prevent the continued spread of COVID-19,”
says Dr. McDermott. “Having options for our community and increasing
supply to our region is the only way to get ahead of the spread of the
virus and stop hospitalizations and death from COVID-19.”
MWHC has partnered with the Rappahannock Health District to administer
vaccines to the Fredericksburg region. Community members must register
with the Virginia Health Department’s state-wide vaccine system
at the website
vaccinate.virginia.gov to receive an invitation for the vaccine.
Mary Washington Healthcare
is a fully integrated, regional medical system that provides inpatient
and outpatient care through over 50 facilities including Mary Washington
Hospital, a 471-bed regional medical center, and Stafford Hospital, a
100-bed community hospital. Mary Washington Healthcare is a not-for-profit
health system with a longstanding commitment to provide care regardless
of ability to pay. For more information about our services and facilities, visit mwhc.com.