Mercy Springfield has begun innoculating their front line staff with the COVID-19 vaccine.
The first shots were given to two RNs on the COVID-19 Unit.
“This is historic,” Dr. Will Sistrunk, infectious disease physician at Mercy Springfield, said in a statement. “One thing we want the general public to understand is that this vaccine has been thoroughly studied. It was brought to market quickly because it was manufactured as those studies were ongoing. It will take time for the vaccine to protect everyone, so please continue to mask, social distance, wash your hands frequently, and get a flu shot if you haven’t already.”
The vaccine arrived at Mercy at 7:30 Monday morning and was immediately placed in an ultra-cold freezer. Pharmacy staff then took a portion of the vaccine to thaw and begin the process of injecting patients.
Here is a video showing RNs Tracy Hill and Wanda Brown receiving the first injections, and their comments afterward. The video also shows a blessing delivered by The Most Reverend Bishop Edward M. Rice of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese.
“The vaccine is in house.” Those words late Monday morning from Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
A spokeswoman tells KOLR-10 the hospital has received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Mercy Hospital in St. Louis has also received its first shipment, and will begin vaccinating health care workers Monday afternoon.