SSM Health expands COVID-19 vaccinations to unaffiliated phase 1A health care workers

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Courtesy: SSM Health St. Mary's

MADISON, Wis.– SSM Health will begin vaccinating health care workers outside of its own employees Wednesday, starting with smaller frontline health organizations and moving on to larger groups next week.

SSM Health is offering vaccinations to organizations with qualified unaffiliated 1A health care workers, including dentists and home health care providers.

“The sooner we can vaccinate all health care workers, the sooner we can get to this next phase,” Regional Vice President of Pharmacy Mo Kharbat said. “We need to speed up the effort to get to that level and vaccinate members of the community is 1B and 1C. The sooner we do it, the sooner we, as a community, can preach a level of immunity we are looking for.”

Those health care workers will have to come to a vaccination center. In Madison, that site is located at St. Mary’s Hospital on Park St. Sites are located in Janesville, Monroe, Baraboo, Fond du Lac and other communities.

They are working with public health departments to coordinate vaccinating EMS providers in counties across the region including, Fond du Lac, Green, Rock and Sauk, according to a press release.

Public Health Madison and Dane county is vaccinating EMS providers in Dane County.

More than 7,000 SSM Health employees have been vaccinated and some are receiving their second doses this week.

“Early on in the process, we vaccinated about 500 health care workers per day. So, the level of enthusiasm was huge,” Kharbat said.

SSM Health will continue to coordinate the vaccine for more health care workers.