WMC has been working with the Tennessee Department of Health to secure 975 doses, which will be given to WMC emergency personnel and hospital workers who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients.
Vaccines will be given in two doses, and immunity may be achieved in roughly 35 days, according to WMC.
Until vaccines can be distributed to the general public as part of Tennessee's vaccination plan, WMC officials are urging residents to continue following guidelines from the TDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing and washing hands frequently.
With active COVID-19 cases on the rise statewide, the hospital center has seen fluctuating hospitalizations, according to WMC. However, those in need of care are still encouraged to seek medical attention.
"COVID-19 case numbers across the state and at WMC continue to fluctuate daily," officials said in a relese. "Last week, our highest peak of COVID-19 inpatients was 40 and the start of this week’s COVID-19 inpatients was 36. WMC continues to follow the enhanced safety protocols in place to protect our patients and staff while serving the community’s healthcare needs. It is crucial that patients not delay routine or urgent medical care."