Ascension Calumet Hospital began providing COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline caregivers on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Jan Schroeder, Touchpoint associate with Ascension Calumet Hospital, was among the first Chilton-based Ascension Wisconsin associates to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Throughout the pandemic, Schroeder assumed the role of a wellness entrance screener, helping screen patients for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and direct them to the appropriate location for appointments.
Ascension Calumet’s frontline vaccination clinic is part of a multi-phased program that is gradually expanding to other caregivers and locations as more doses become available and the distribution process progresses.
“We are confident our plan will effectively and safely contribute to the protection of the communities we are privileged to serve,” said Gregory Brusko, DO, chief clinical officer, Ascension Wisconsin. “As we await widespread distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, it is still critical for everyone to continue diligent mitigation strategies to control the spread. Wear a mask. Watch your distance. Wash your hands.”
As part of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) vaccination efforts, Ascension Wisconsin is vaccinating healthcare workers who are at risk for exposure, including assisting with the vaccination of CDC-defined Phase 1a frontline workers who are not employed by or affiliated with Ascension Wisconsin.
As of Jan. 19, Ascension Wisconsin has provided more than 21,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline healthcare workers, first responders, Ascension affiliated and non-affiliated individuals in accordance with DHS. Examples include Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel, Alternate Care Facility (ACF) associates, private healthcare practices, police and fire personnel, community health centers, and dental offices.
(For more on this story please see the Jan. 28 issue of the Tri-County News.)