Frontline healthcare workers began receiving the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Manitowoc last week.
Dr. Todd Nelson, a physician at Holy Family Memorial and member of the Manitowoc County Board of Health, was among those who said he was grateful for the opportunity. “While I know it takes weeks to develop immunity, I am happy to have received the first of two injections in the COVID-19 vaccination process,” Dr. Nelson said. “At 24 hours post immunization the only side effect I have noticed is a slightly sore shoulder at the injection site.”
COVID-19 vaccinations are currently being administered to frontline healthcare workers in the county. Residents and staff in long-term care facilities also may begin receiving vaccines as soon as Dec. 28 directly through a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens.
Manitowoc County Health Department officials said they stand prepared to provide immunizations to frontline healthcare workers, such as paramedics and first responders, who are unaffiliated with the larger healthcare systems that receive vaccine shipments directly; however, as of Monday (Dec. 21) the Health Department still has not received word from state officials as to when it will receive its first allocations of the vaccine.