JANESVILLE, Wis — On December 23, we welcomed EMS providers in Rock County to get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, as we continue the charge to vaccinate our employees. Pictured here, Deputy Fire Chief Jim Ponkauskas and Battalion Chief Ryan Murphy of Janesville Fire, get their first dose. Dr. Jay MacNeal, emergency medicine physician and EMS director, administered the shots. Our EMS professionals have been responding day-to-day to calls and emergencies throughout our community since COVID-19 hit earlier this year. We thank our EMS crews for going above and beyond and putting their lives at risk every day to keep us safe.
Yesterday (12/22/2020), Mercyhealth received its first allotment of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer. Mercyhealth has developed comprehensive plans to safely and effectively distribute the vaccine to its employees, as vaccination is the best way to prevent infection from COVID-19.
Mercyhealth in Janesville received its first shipment of 1,950 doses directly from the state of Wisconsin on 12/22/2020 and immediately delivered 375 of those doses to Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Walworth.
Pfizer reports its vaccine is 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among people who had no evidence of prior infection. Due to limited initial supply and based on federal and state guidance, the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine is being given to Mercyhealth employees who are high priority, patient-facing areas such as the emergency department and medical intensive care units, and areas where health care workers are at a higher risk for COVID-19 exposure.