April 19, 2021, 9:46 a.m.
Posted: Apr 19, 2021 at 9:46 am
ERFURT, GERMANY – APRIL 08: Medical staff prepare a vial with the Pfizer / BioNTech Comirnaty vaccine against Covid-19 in a vaccination center on the exhibition grounds during the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic on April 8, 2021 in Erfurt. The German authorities expect a sharp increase in vaccination volumes in April as vaccine supply stabilizes. Germany started vaccinations in late December, and authorities are predicting as many vaccine doses will arrive in April as in the three months before. So far, around 13% of people in Germany have received a first dose. (Photo by Jens Schlueter / Getty Images)
MADISON, Wisconsin – SSM Health has delivered 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since the healthcare provider began administering vaccines in December 2020.
The healthcare provider began vaccinating health care workers when the first deliveries of Pfizer vaccine arrived at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. It took about 12 weeks for SSM to give 100,000 doses. About six weeks later, SSM Health reached the milestone of 200,000 doses.
“I’m so proud of the efficiencies we have achieved, all thanks to the collaboration of so many individuals and teams,” said Mo Kharbat, vice president of Pharmacy Services, SSM Health. “This milestone would not have been possible without the diverse group of SSM Health workers who have come together, along with our volunteer vaccinators and community partners such as county health and rescue workers.”
SSM Health employees work to deliver vaccines to 18 clinics and hospitals across south-central Wisconsin. The healthcare provider has also set up 22 mobile vaccination clinics in schools, businesses and restaurants in the region.
The healthcare provider plans to set up more mobile vaccination clinics in the coming weeks to vaccinate people in vulnerable groups.
“I would like to thank the state health authorities for being a trusted partner throughout our vaccine rollout in helping make Wisconsin a national leader.” Damond Boatwright, regional president of SSM Health, said. “There is still a lot to do, however. We need to address the vaccine inequalities that exist among many vulnerable populations, and we also need to address the issue of vaccine reluctance. “
SSM Health St. Mary’s Foundation – Madison recently received a $ 100,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health to fund outreach, according to a press release.
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