Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

74

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

17

BMC Inpatients Under Investigation (pending + negatives treated as positives) 

11

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

945 (45 new since 1/13)

Massachusetts Cases

458,089

Click to see the most up-to-date city, state, and national numbers: Boston | Massachusetts  | United States

UPDATED: Employee and Licensed Independent Practitioners (LIPs) Vaccine Updates

As of today, January 20, more than 6,500 employees and LIPs at BMC have been vaccinated. We are now offering vaccines to all health care workers who come to the hospital regularly, which includes all patient-facing staff and LIPs. Per Massachusetts DPH guidance, we cannot offer vaccinations to workers who are primarily remote or those who do not work in our hospital or clinical areas at this time.

If you have received an email telling you that you are eligible for a vaccine, there are two ways to receive a vaccination:

  • Schedule an appointment by calling 617-638-9660 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
  • Walk-in to get your vaccine at the Employee Administration Clinic in the Dowling Building ground floor between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. We are also offering a late-night vaccine clinic for employees from 9 p.m. - 12 a.m. on Thursday, January 21.

We are also prepared to begin vaccinating patients as soon as Massachusetts gives permission for health care organizations to expand vaccination. We expect this will happen within the next week.

As a reminder, please email all COVID-19 vaccine-related questions and concerns, including scheduling and eligibility questions, to [email protected]. Information, including frequently asked questions about the vaccine, is also available on the Hub and BMC.org.

NEW: Join BMC Leaders at the Next COVID and Vaccine Information Session and Q&A on Jan. 22

We will be holding another Zoom session with BMC leaders and clinicians focused on COVID-19 as well as our vaccine rollout. The next meeting will be held Friday, January 22 from 9:30-10 a.m. and is open to everyone.

Zoom information is available on the Hub in the calendar section. A recording of the meeting will be posted on the Hub for those who cannot attend.

NEW: Asymptomatic Testing Now Available for Children of BMC and BUMG Employees

BMC is now offering asymptomatic testing to the children of all BMC and BUMG employees, regardless if they are registered BMC patients or not.

  • For current BMC Pediatrics Primary Care patients: Call the practice at 617-414-5946 to schedule an appointment for symptomatic or asymptomatic testing.
  • For symptomatic children who are not BMC Primary Care patients: Call your primary care practice to schedule a test. If your primary care practice is unable to offer a test, you will be directed to a community site or the BMC Pediatric Emergency Department for evaluation and testing.
  • For asymptomatic (exposed or unexposed) children who are not BMC Primary Care patients: Call 617-414-6060 to register your child and obtain a BMC medical record number (MRN), then create a MyChart account for your child. Schedule an appointment in the Crosstown ILI clinic by emailing [email protected].

Negative test results will only be available in MyChart, and can be printed for any outside documentation needs. Positive test results will be communicated by phone.

NEW: Sebastian Hamilton, Director of Outpatient Pharmacy, Addresses COVID-19 Vaccine Myths

Our patients and staff have shared many concerns and questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, including what exactly is in the vaccines and how they work. Watch Nancy Gaden, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, SVP and Chief Nursing Officer and Sebastian Hamilton, PharmD, MBA, Director of Outpatient Pharmacy, discuss some of these concerns and questions – as well as tips on how to address them with your friends, families, and communities – in this video.

NEW: Thea James to Participate in Mayor’s Upcoming COVID-19 Press Conference

Mayor Walsh will provide updates relating to COVID-19. He will be joined by Boston Medical Center’s Associate Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thea James and Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Janell Jimenez to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine. Once finalized, the date and time will be posted on the Hub.

REMINDER: COVID-19 Antibody Clinical Trial Recruiting Patients

Do you live with someone who was recently (within the last two days) diagnosed with COVID-19? If so, you may be able to join a study at BMC of the investigational Regeneron Antibody drug that may help prevent COVID-19. Enrolled participants will receive reimbursement up to $4,875. For more information, please email [email protected] or visit the study page on BMC.org.