FALLS CHURCH, VA– This week, Inova Health System reached the significant milestone of administering more than 200,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. As of March 11, 2021, the total number of doses administered by Inova is nearly 211,500. This accounts for one-third of all shots given in Northern Virginia and one in every eleven administered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The efficient vaccination process at Inova’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on the Inova Center for Personalized Health campus is open seven days a week, and has the ability to administer more than 4,500 doses of vaccine per day to those who are eligible.
“From that first dose in December, to now more than 200,000 doses later, our vaccination clinics and team members are restoring hope with each dose they administer. Right now, supply is the only thing keeping us from protecting more members of our community,” said J. Stephen Jones, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Inova Health System.
Inova’s vaccination clinic efforts are co-led by Chief Pharmacy Officer Melanie Massiah-White and Nursing and Inova Clinical Platforms Vice President Michelle Vassallo. Since launching the clinic in December, Inova has administered the vaccine to healthcare workers in the region, teachers, essential workers and others who qualify per prioritization provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“The incredible leadership from Melanie and Michelle, and the entire Inova team, has been instrumental in achieving this latest milestone of protecting our community. This is just the beginning and we continue to partner with health districts and leaders in our region to get as many doses of the vaccine out to the community as quickly as possible,” said Jones.
This week Inova also announced plans to open a new large-scale vaccination center, in partnership with the City of Alexandria and Fairfax County, which will double the capacity and significantly increase the number of vaccines we can administer each day to between 6,000 and 12,000 people per day, depending on supply available. The Inova Stonebridge COVID-19 Vaccination Center, located in Alexandria Virginia, will open at the end of the month. Inova will continue to work with the respective health departments to vaccinate eligible groups that best meet the needs of the community.
Inova receives its COVID-19 vaccine allocation directly from local health departments. Scheduling is only available for individuals identified as eligible by health departments. More information about eligibility and scheduling is available here.
Inova is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider, recognized in 2019 and 2020 by U.S. News & World Report, which named Inova Fairfax Hospital the #1 hospital in the Washington, DC region, and #9 in the nation for Gynecology. All five Inova hospitals were awarded ‘A’ grades for the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, recognizing Inova’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. Each of Inova’s five hospitals holds a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), distinguishing Inova as the highest-rated large health system in the U.S., and the only system to have all hospitals receive five stars. Inova Fairfax Medical Campus was named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, ranking in the top 10 nationwide among Major Teaching Hospitals. Our mission is to provide world-class healthcare – every time, every touch – to each person in every community we have the privilege to serve. Inova’s 18,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually through an integrated network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, emergency and urgent care centers, outpatient services and destination institutes. Inova is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Its hospitals have a total of 1,936 licensed beds. More information and statistics about Inova can be found at www.inova.org.