Brandon Regional Hospital
December 18, 2020

Garin Knutson, RN, Intensive Care Unit, Brandon Regional Hospital, received the first COVID-19 vaccination at Brandon Regional Hospital on December 18. The vaccine was administered by Mary Hamilton, RN, MSN, C-EFM.

Brandon Regional Hospital, an HCA Healthcare affiliate, began providing the COVID-19 vaccine today to high risk caregivers. The vaccine was administered in a Hillsborough County clinic at Brandon Regional Hospital and served caregivers from Brandon Regional Hospital, Memorial Hospital of Tampa and its Tampa Community Hospital campus, and South Bay Hospital.

Approximately 150 caregivers received the first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine today. The clinic will re-open on Monday for a second full day of scheduled vaccinations.

“After months of caring for COVID-19 patients on a daily basis, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to administer the vaccine to caregivers in our region,” said Dr. Alan Harmatz, Chief Medical Officer, Brandon Regional Hospital. “This is a historic day and the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Juan Angel, MD, Internal Medicine, was the first physician to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at Brandon Regional Hospital on December 18. The vaccine was administered by Rosalina Hulse, RN, MSN, CCRN, REN.

As additional supplies of vaccines become available, HCA Healthcare West Florida will add more clinics to ultimately offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all caregivers who wish to receive it. A recent HCA Healthcare West Florida survey showed that 88 percent of the responding caregivers wanted to be vaccinated.

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