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USA Health seeing more people decide to get vaccinated

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — USA Health is seeing an increase in first dose appointments for the coronavirus vaccine, especially since the FDA approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine this week.

The hospital group has vaccinated about 1500 people so far this week, and is continuing to see more people decide to get the shot.

We asked Tony Haynes why she decided to get her vaccine. She answered, “grandbabies.”

Haynes got her second dose of the coronavirus vaccine Thursday and had one thing on her mind when she decided it was time to get the shot.

“I want to be here to see

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Some college students say they won’t root for Team USA at Olympics: ‘I don’t like being an American’

Some U.S. college students are refusing to root for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, opting to cheer for individual athletes instead of their home country.

Campus Reform spoke with students at the University of South Florida ahead of last week’s Opening Ceremony, with several voicing their support for American athletes who choose to protest their country on the world stage. 


I don’t like being an American, either” one student said. “Why is there no free health care? Why are so many people suffering

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USA Olympian says wearing American flag ‘is an honor,’ advocates for keeping politics out of games

The Olympics are inherently anti-political so there’s no reason for politics to be brought into Tokyo 2021, world-ranked archer Brady Ellison argued on “Fox & Friends Weekend.”

“When it comes to the Olympics, this is truly one of the most unpolitical pieces of sport that we have,” he said. “Where else do you have all the different countries from everywhere all over the world come to this? And we’re not fighting; we get along inside this village and I think it’s a lesson for everyone.”

“And then when you bring politics into it… I think it just kind of taints

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USA Health launches COVID vaccine global outreach campaign

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — USA Health has launched a vaccine distribution program with the goal of providing 5,000 doses to Peru.

According to USA Health, a non-governmental agency in Peru has asked USA Health experts to establish processes and operations in the Cusco region of Peru for other academic partners to follow in the future

CerviCusco, a nonprofit organization in Peru internationally recognized for its HPV vaccination program, is partnering with USA Health to provide COVID-19 vaccines in the Cusco, Peru, region. USA Health says CerviCusco reached out to them for assistance.

“When we received the call from our medical

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$1 million committed to expansion of Pediatric Emergency Center at USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A total of $1 million of state investments has been committed to the renovation and expansion of the Pediatric Emergency Center at USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

“We thank our governmental leaders for these funds. It truly is a demonstration of confidence from them as it relates to the high-quality care we provide and our importance to our overall community,” said Chris Jett, administrator of the hospital.

According to USA Health, the project will double the current emergency department, expanding from 14 treatment rooms to more than 30 areas, including 25 private treatment rooms. The

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Miss USA Asya Branch on representing the US at Miss Universe: ‘I’m proud to be a part of the greatest nation’

EXCLUSIVE: Asya Branch is ready to make history again.

The 23-year-old became Miss USA in 2020. Now she’s gearing up to participate in the 69th Miss Universe pageant, which will be held on Sunday at Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. It will air in more than 160 territories and countries across the globe.

The last Miss Universe pageant was in December 2019 and its winner, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, has worn the crown longer than anyone else.

When she initially became Miss Mississippi, Branch said she wanted to increase awareness of the needs of children of

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USA Health and City of Mobile schedule community vaccine events | Coronavirus COVID-19 News

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) — Continuing its efforts to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone in the area who wants to receive it, USA Health, in partnership with the City of Mobile, has scheduled the several community-based vaccine clinics through May.

No appointments are needed at these events.

Community-based clinics

  • Friday, April 23: First Baptist Tillman’s Corner, 5660 Three Notch Road, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday, April 24: St. John United Methodist, 6215 Overlook Road, Mobile, 7-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 29: City Church of Mobile, 3750 Michael Blvd.m 1-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 4:  WKRG parking lot, 555 Broadcast Drive, noon to
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USA Health marks 50,000 COVID-19 vaccine shots given | Mobile County Alabama News

MOBILE, Ala. –USA Health marked a milestone today on the Alabama Gulf Coast, giving its 50,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to Denise Dortch.

“I want to make sure and help the community and do my part and stay safe,” Dortch said. “COVID is real. I know several people who passed (away) because of it.”

A little more than three months ago, on Dec. 15, 2020, a USA Health nurse gave the first shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the region to healthcare staff at University Hospital.

“We are proud to continue to lead vaccination efforts on the upper Gulf

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USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital names chief nursing officer | Mobile County Alabama News

MOBILE, Ala. (March 5, 2021) Deborah Browning, MSN, RN, CENP, has been named chief nursing officer for USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Her appointment is effective March 15.

“We are excited to have someone with Debbie’s experience, knowledge, and abilities joining our team,” said Christopher Jett, MHA, administrator for the hospital. “I am certain that she will be an effective leader, and will help continue to grow our organization in high quality, patient centered care.”

Browning has spent her career providing healthcare to children and women. She most recently served as chief nursing officer at Oklahoma Children’s Hospital in

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City of Mobile and USA Health team up for second community vaccination event

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — USA Health and the City of Mobile held a community vaccination event on Thursday, March 4. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Cody Road served as the drive-thru site.

Sherry Muse spoke to WKRG News 5 after getting her first shot. She told us why she decided to get the vaccine. Muse said, “I go to the church here and our pastor was telling everybody to come out, and I’m not old enough, but I work in a school system and I think I need to get it to help the kids, so they won’t catch it,

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