Manitowoc County and Holy Family Memorial partnered on Monday, Dec. 28 to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines.
Eligible individuals for this first phase of vaccination include personnel from area ambulance services and county staff responsible for operating future vaccination clinics. Hospitals in the county have been administering vaccine to their own healthcare workers since Dec. 18, but this is the first opportunity for frontline workers outside of the hospitals to receive vaccine.
“We hope to administer vaccines to up to 100 paramedics and EMTs working on area ambulance services through this partnership” said Travis Waack, Manitowoc County Emergency Services director. “They have exposure every day transporting COVID-19 patients to area hospitals, which is truly a critical service to the community.” Manitowoc County employees who will be on the front lines delivering vaccine to other essential workers and the general public also received their vaccine Monday.
The Health Department plans to run future vaccine clinics in the early part of 2021 once it receives allocation from the state and different groups become eligible. “Providing vaccine to the general public will be a historic undertaking in public health and it’s critical our staff remain healthy and able to perform this important work,” said Stephanie Lambert, Manitowoc County health officer.
Among those receiving the vaccine on Monday were Manitowoc County Emergency Services Director Travis Waack (pictured here), Health Officer Stephanie Lambert. Mishicot Fire Chief & Ambulance Medic Mike Koeppel, and Manitowoc Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Karl Koch.