(Beaver Dam) Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam began administering their first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health care workers last week. The Pfizer vaccine arrived at the facility late Wednesday night and was in the arms of staff on Christmas Eve. Chief Administrator Officer Angelia Foster says the COVID-19 vaccine represents hope and encouragement that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. She says they are thrilled and relieved to begin immunizing the frontline staff that have been taking care of our friends, family and neighbors tirelessly throughout this difficult time in our county. Due to the holiday timing, Marshfield Medical Center-Beaver Dam immunized a limited number of staff on Thursday, with more widespread numbers receiving vaccinations beginning this week. Health care providers and staff who are at an elevated risk for COVID-19 exposure have been identified as top priority while those at a medium risk will receive the vaccine next as available. Foster says while this vaccine is the first step toward getting us closer to a new normal, we encourage everyone to continue wearing masks, observing social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, and avoiding large and indoor gatherings.
Photo caption: Dr. Laura Correa receiving the first vaccination from Trisha VandeBerg, RN.