Aurora, Ascension Begins Vaccinating Healthcare Employees Towards COVID-19

APPLETON, Wisconsin (WBAY) – Efforts to vaccinate health care workers against COVID-19 continued for a second straight day on Thursday. Both Aurora and Ascension Wisconsin began this process, joining other health care providers who gave their first vaccine doses on Wednesday.

On Thursday afternoon at Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital, Dr. Anthony Zeimet, an infectious disease specialist, in a group that received the first round of two shots needed to prevent COVID-19.

“I haven’t felt any different since I got the shot. I feel the same as I did before the shot, and I think most vaccine side effects are usually very mild for most people. I think the most common side effect will be a little pain in the arm, ”said Dr. Time.

Efforts to vaccinate all health care workers will continue in the coming days before moving on to key workers and high-risk patients such as those over 65 with pre-existing medical conditions.

“We believe there will be enough vaccines available for the general public to be vaccinated possibly by late spring, early summer, and some reports may be earlier, depending on when the vaccine is available,” said Jane Dus, regional chief Nursing Officer at Aurora Health Care. Said.

As hospitals across the state begin delivering vaccines to their health care workers, many are finding that there are more doses per vial than expected. Initially, the state expected just under 50,000 doses, with each vial containing five doses. Now the FDA is saying that there may be enough for 6 or 7 and it is “advising that it is acceptable to use any full dose available”.

Aurora Health Care doctors hosted a social media event to answer questions after they too began the vaccination process.

At Ascension Wisconsin, we asked Dr. Zeimet whether the vaccinations should be repeated every year.

“We know that protection can wear off over time. We don’t currently know about the SARS-Cov-2 vaccine, but we will know that over time we will get a booster shot or will need to be re-vaccinated years later, ”he replied.

Until the majority of people get the vaccine, both masking and social distancing are recommended.

“With this vaccine there is light at the end of the tunnel and I hope the public really accepts the vaccine and gets vaccinated,” added Zeimet.

Once enough people are vaccinated, some restrictions could be reversed once the number drops due to herd immunity.

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