Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

62

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

10

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

4

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

989 (24 new since 1/20)

Massachusetts Cases

484,639

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

NEW: Vaccination Phase 2 Starts Monday, February 1

The Massachusetts Phase 2 of vaccination officially begins next week on February 1. At BMC, we began vaccinating a small group of our highest-risk patients this week, as a pilot program approved by the state.

At BMC, the groups in Phase 2 translate into over 100,000 of our patients. In order to ensure we have enough vaccine supply, we will begin vaccinating patients who are 75 years old or older or who have two or more comorbidities and who have already scheduled appointments in certain departments, then expand out from there. More information on how we will be expanding vaccinations will be coming soon.

NEW: Update on Employee Vaccination Rollout

Per state guidelines under Phase 1, we are now able to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all BMC employees and providers who have not yet been eligible.

Employees and providers in this group, which includes those who work remotely, will receive an email by the end of this week from [email protected] that includes instructions on how to make an appointment for the vaccine. If you do not receive an email by Saturday, January 30, please email [email protected].

If you have any additional questions about the vaccine, please see our employee-specific COVID-19 vaccine page on the Hub or general information on BMC.org

NEW: Hear from Your Colleagues About Why They Chose to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are the best tool we have to protect ourselves, our patients, and our communities from this virus. We know that some people may still have questions or wonder if getting vaccinated is something they want to do. Click on the videos below to hear from BMC employees about why they were hesitant and why they ultimately decided to receive the vaccine:

NEW: Guidance for Patient Conversations Around Where They Should Get Vaccinated

At BMC, we are committed to providing our patients with all the information they need regarding vaccination, as well as being advocates to help reduce vaccine hesitancy within the communities we serve. We believe that having our patients discuss the vaccine with their BMC clinicians or physicians, as well as administering the vaccine at BMC as part of a patient’s care here, is the ideal way to have the vaccination process happen successfully.

We are rolling out our patient vaccination rapidly and will be ramping up quickly across our clinical areas, and within State guidelines, aim to get as many of our patients vaccinated as possible. However, we are supportive of patients being vaccinated at a non-BMC site if they are able to be vaccinated there more quickly than at BMC.

Please continue to make yourselves available for patient conversations regarding vaccines, as we know that hearing from a trusted caregiver is meaningful in their decision to get vaccinated.

NEW: BMC’s Director of Labor and Delivery Answers Questions on COVID-19 Vaccinations for Pregnant Women

Many people have questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy or while considering becoming pregnant. BMC's director of labor and delivery, Tina Yarrington, MD, addresses some of the questions and concerns uniquely faced by pregnant women surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine in this new video.

If you are pregnant, please talk to your doctor about potential risks and benefits, including your risks as a health care worker. We have seen that pregnant people are at increased risk for severe COVID disease, which means that the benefits outweigh the known risks. This tool may also help you understand the potential risks and benefits.