LAKE GENEVA, Wisconsin, January 14, 2021 – Today, Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center–Walworth began vaccinating its health care workers with the second dose of the COVID–19 Pfizer vaccine. Health care workers in Walworth County who received their first vaccine in December will receive their second dose from this new allotment starting today.
On December 22, Mercyhealth received its first allotment of the FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer. On January 8, 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. So far, Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center–Walworth has vaccinated over 1,400 individuals, including Mercyhealth employees, first responders and unaffiliated health care workers who meet state requirements as priority 1A health care workers. Pfizer reports its vaccine is 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among people who had no evidence of prior infection. Due to limited allocation, and based on federal and state guidance, the first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine were given to category 1A health care workers.
“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.
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.
To learn more, visit mercyhealthsystem.org.
PIC: Karen Gissing, RN, and Diane Griffin, RN, got vaccinated today.