Epic opens COVID-19 vaccination appointments to all employees

VERONA, Wis.– Epic’s largely empty campus in Dane County will see some new activity.

The medical software company’s entire staff, nearly 10,000 people, are now eligible for the vaccine and they’ll get it on site, according to Epic’s Physician on Clinical Informatics Jacqueline Gerhart.

“That’s a huge number in Dane County of our citizens,” Gerhart said. “So, it really will support hopefully ending the pandemic.

Epic creates, manages and distributes software to hospitals and vaccine clinics across the country. MyChart has been used to help people sign up for vaccination appointments in the last few months.

“We really support the back end of making sure that we are helping infrastructure from an IT perspective,” Gerhart said.

Gerhart said the company’s software, and therefore its staff, is critical. That’s why she thinks DHS gave Epic the green light to set up an employer-based COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

“DHS has deemed Epic employees eligible. Now, we didn’t investigate what sort of factors were behind that. It was something that we anticipate had to do with the fact that we are a healthcare company that provides software to healthcare companies,” Gerhart said.

Epic employees are eligible depending on age or role with the company, DHS said in an email.

Gerhart said employees who work in hospitals and clinics are prioritized before those working from home.

“The goal is to make sure we’re safe before we go on site to different customers and healthcare providers to make sure they can keep themselves safe, as well,” Gerhart said.

VaxPro, a Wisconsin-based licensed vaccinator, is partnering with Epic to administer the shots.

Employees aren’t required to get the vaccine, but it is recommended, according to Gerhart.

Epic has not set a return date to campus for employees.