The World Health Organization calls immunization one of modern medicine’s greatest success stories, saving 2-3 million lives each year. With the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines now being administered throughout the nation, accurate vaccine information is more critical than ever. Join the McDowell Chamber of Commerce in this informative webinar to get the most up-to-date, expert information about the vaccine on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at noon.
Mission Hospital McDowell's Chief Medical Officer Dr. William R. Hathaway, FACC will discuss everything you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine, your concerns and commonly asked questions about receiving the immunization.
We'll also talk with William Kehler, director of McDowell County Emergency Management, and Karen Powell, director of McDowell County Health Department. Both Kehler and Powell have been working the front lines and orchestrating the distribution of the 5,190 vaccines administered in McDowell County as of February 4, 2021. The majority of the vaccines administered in the state have been to those 65 and older (67.1%).
The state received a total allotment of 2,032,825 doses (1st & 2nd) of the vaccine and has administered a total of 1,259,124 (61.9%) as of February 4, 2021 according to the North Carolina Department of Health (NCDH). We'll discuss the two vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, their differences and more. We'll discuss potential side effects, recommendations on who should get the vaccine, and look at the timeline for herd immunity.
Don't miss this critical opportunity to hear straight from the local medical experts. Registration is required in order to have access to the recording of the Webinar. Sign up now are reserve your spot.
About Dr. Hathaway: Dr. Hathaway is the Chief Medical Officer for HCA Healthcare North Carolina Division, which includes Mission Health, the state's sixth largest health system based in Western North Carolina. Dr. Hathaway completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where he also served as Chief Resident. Training in Cardiovascular disease followed at Duke, where his research interests focused on clinical trials in cardiovascular disease. He joined Asheville Cardiology Associates in 1999 with a clinical focus in cardiovascular imaging and congestive heart failure.
About William Kehler: William Kehler is an experienced director with a demonstrated history of working in the public safety industry. Skilled in Emergency Management, Emergency Medicine, Emergency Services, Business Management, and Preparedness. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Science - BS focused in Healthcare Administration from Columbia Southern University.
About Karen Powell: Powell has been with the Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health department for nine years and was appointed director of the McDowell County office spring of 2019. She has worked in many areas throughout the district, including as a human services planner responsible for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), accreditation coordinator, clerk to the Board of Health and emergency preparedness coordinator for the District Health Department. Prior to her employment with the district Health Department, she was employed with Isothermal Community College. Powell resides in Forest City with her husband and children.