Today, Mercyhealth in Janesville began vaccinating its health care workers with the second dose of the COVID–19 Pfizer vaccine. Health care workers in Rock County who received their first vaccine in December will receive their second dose from this new allotment starting today. Vaccination process began at 6 am and will continue through the week.
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. 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.
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.
To learn more, visit mercyhealthsystem.org.
PIC: Dr. Michael McGauley, was vaccinated with second dose today at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center-Janesville.