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Mercyhealth Offers COVID-19 Vaccine to Walworth Co. First Responders

WALWORTH, WI. (January 8, 2021) — Today, Mercyhealth welcomed first responders and other unaffiliated category 1A health care workers in Walworth County to get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, as efforts continue with its employees.

“We are so grateful for all first responders and the staff at Open Arms and are proud to be able to offer these vaccines to help keep them and our community safe,” said Caryn Oleston, CNO at Mercyhealth.

On December 22, Mercyhealth received and administered 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. Today alone, Mercyhealth has vaccinated 255 individuals, including Mercyhealth employees, first responders and unaffiliated health care workers who meet state requirements as priority 1A health care workers.

While things look promising, vaccine is not yet available for 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.

PIC1: Today, Duane Maves (left) and Tim Wald, both Walworth County firefighters, got vaccinated at Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Walworth.
PIC2: Mercyhealth nurses were proud to vaccinate additional health care workers in Walworth Cty.

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