JANESVILLE, Wisconsin (January 7, 2021) — In an effort to extend vaccination to more essential health care providers in Rock County, Mercyhealth began vaccinating employees of unaffiliated organizations who qualify for the state’s definition of a 1A health care worker and would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This week, Mercyhealth began reviewing requests across the Rock County service area, looking for a solution to vaccinate these important priority groups. These organizations are qualified health care workers who are not employed by Mercyhealth and would otherwise not have access to the vaccine. Examples include dental and chiropractic offices, home health care providers, school nurses and community clinics.
In just four hours this morning, Mercyhealth had vaccinated 400 more individuals, including Mercyhealth employees, and unaffiliated health care workers from EMS agencies, dental offices, chiropractic offices, community clinics and school nurses.
On December 22, Mercyhealth received its first allotment of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer. Pfizer reports its vaccine is 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among people who had no evidence of prior infection.
While things look promising, vaccine is not yet available for the general public. The Rock County Health Department, Mercyhealth and the other county health systems are working together on a plan for distribution to the general public. Mercyhealth’s steering committee is following CDC guidelines and evaluating the timing for transition to other priority groups. As we all wait for vaccine, it is critical that everyone take steps to stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. You can help us stop the spread and reduce pressure on hospitals by wearing a mask, not gathering with people outside your household, avoiding contact with people who are sick, staying six feet from others, avoiding crowds, practicing good hand hygiene, and staying at home if you have symptoms.
PIC: Dr. Chris Hammer of Hammer Chiropractic in Milton, and his entire team got vaccinated at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center-Janesville.