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Carilion Celebrates Administering 50,000th Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine


Mrs. Almeeds Bratton, a 103-year-old woman from Salem, was recognized as the recipient.

On Saturday, Carilion Clinic celebrated administering 50,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with The Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Mrs. Almeeds Bratton, a 103-year-old woman from Salem, was recognized as the recipient over the weekend upon receiving her second dose at a Berglund Center event.

When asked what her secret was to a good life, Bratton said “Just trying to be good to everyone.”

The 50,000-dose milestone is inclusive of first and second doses administered thus far by Carilion throughout the region.

“This is truly an exciting milestone,” said Chad Alvarez, Pharm. D., senior director of pharmacy and the leader of Carilion’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force. “It’s a testament to our partnership with VDH and ongoing community collaboration throughout Carilion’s service area. We are excited and honored to continue our partnerships with the leadership of the local health districts in our region to assist with the ongoing vaccination efforts.”

This milestone does not include vaccines administered by VDH, only those delivered by Carilion. For instance, Carilion delivered 17,000 vaccines at the Berglund Center, which is only a portion of total vaccines administered at that site.

VDH continues to lead vaccine efforts through local health districts. The best way to get access to the vaccine if you are eligible is through the Virginia Department of Health's pre-registration system: vaccinate.virginia.gov. For more information on Virginia's vaccine rollout, please visit the Virginia Department of Health's website.