Black River Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls, is receiving its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this week for a portion of its staff. Members of BRMH’s Incident Command Team have worked diligently with state and regional partners to secure the shipment while also advocating the importance of rural healthcare during this time.
The vaccine will arrive in phases but for now, members of the frontline staff at BRMH will be the first to receive the vaccine. The decision to vaccinate frontline healthcare staff first was determined by strict Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) guidelines. The initial shipment will be administered to BRMH employees who work in roles with the greatest potential for exposure including nursing, providers, technicians, housekeeping, food service, and therapists. The rest of the BRMH staff who have opted to receive the vaccine will be vaccinated as future shipments are secured.
BRMH CEO, Mary Beth White-Jacobs stated, “This is a monumental time for BRMH and our community. We are fortunate our staff is allotted this opportunity so they can continue to provide excellent care to our patients. This is a huge step forward and provides us with an additional avenue to slow the spread of the virus and protect our healthcare team and patients.” She added, “Until the vaccine is widely available to the general public, we strongly encourage everyone to continue adhering to the current recommendations of wearing masks, using hand hygiene, staying home as much as possible, and social distancing.”
More information will be released as it becomes available.
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