SSM Health administers 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses

MADISON, Wis. — SSM Health has administered 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since the health care provider began administering vaccines in December 2020.

The health care provider began vaccinating health care workers when the first shipments’ of Pfizer’s vaccine arrived at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. It took roughly 12 weeks for SSM to administer 100,000 doses. Roughly six weeks later, SSM Health hit the 200,000 dose milestone.

“I’m so proud of the efficiency we’ve been able to achieve, and it’s all thanks to the collaborative efforts of so many individuals and teams,” SSM Health VP of Pharmacy Services Mo Kharbat said. “This milestone wouldn’t have been possible without the diverse group of SSM Health employees who have pulled together, along with our volunteer vaccinators and community partners like county health departments and emergency service workers.”

SSM Health workers are working to administer vaccines at 18 clinics and hospitals throughout south-central Wisconsin. The health care provider has also held 22 mobile vaccine clinics at schools, businesses and restaurants through the area.

The health care provider plans to host more mobile vaccination clinics in the coming weeks to get folks in vulnerable populations vaccinated.

“I want to thank state health officials for being a trusted partner throughout our vaccine rollout, which helped to make Wisconsin a national leader.” SSM Health Regional President Damond Boatwright said. “Albeit, there is still much work to be done. We must address the vaccine inequities that exist among many vulnerable populations and we must also address the issue of vaccine hesitancy.”

According to a news release, SSM Health St. Mary’s Foundation – Madison recently received a $100,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to fund community outreach efforts.