Published on December 28, 2020

A nurse holding the COVID-19 vaccine.

ProHealth Care begins vaccinating front-line staff for COVID-19

ProHealth Care has received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine and has begun to vaccinate front-line health care workers.

"This is an exciting time as COVID-19 vaccine will allow us to begin protecting our community against the deadly virus," said Art Coffey, MD, ProHealth’s chief physician operations officer. "We look forward to being able to vaccinate more employees, and later patients and community members."

ProHealth is following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of Wisconsin as it administers its initial supply of the vaccine to essential health care workers. Priority has been given to ProHealth employees who work closely with COVID-19 patients. This will ensure that these professionals are protected and can continue to provide the critical care patients need.

All ProHealth employees will have an opportunity to be immunized as more vaccine becomes available. The pace of these vaccinations will depend largely on the availability of vaccine.

Once employees have been vaccinated, ProHealth Care will focus on vaccinating patients and community members. When that time comes, ProHealth will communicate widely with patients and the public. ProHealth Care is not making vaccination appointments at this time or keeping a waiting list of those who wish to be vaccinated.

"It will take months to immunize enough people to put an end to the pandemic," Dr. Coffey said. "Remember to remain vigilant about staying safe. We must all continue to wear masks, keep our distance, wash our hands and make an effort to help control the spread of the virus."