PHMDC starts vaccinating EMS workers

Pfizer vaccine at SSM Health
A vial of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine
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MADISON, Wis. — Public Health Madison & Dane County announced on Tuesday that COVID-19 vaccines will be provided to frontline health care personnel that are deemed Tier 1a and not affiliated with a hospital, health care system or long-term care facility.

Tier 1a is currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and includes individuals who provide direct patient service or engage in health care services that cause them to come into contact with patients who may have COVID-19.

“We’ve reached an important milestone in the fight against COVID-19, and we’re excited to help provide this important vaccine to some of the frontline workers who play crucial role in keeping our community healthy,” Public Health Nurse Tess Ellens said.

The health care personnel included in Tier 1a that are eligible to be vaccinated include, but are not limited to, chiropractors, nurses and nursing assistants, dental services, hospice workers, emergency medical responders, pharmacists, long-term care facilities staff, physicians and nurse practitioners.

PHMDC used its first shipment of the vaccine to immunize county EMS workers at the Alliant Energy Center.

“Working with Public Health Madison Dane County and the area hospitals, we advocated for our EMS providers to receive the vaccine,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a statement Wednesday. “They are the first point of contact in our emergency medical system and protecting them from COVID-19 is paramount.”

PHMDC is asking organizations that employ individuals who meet the Tier 1a criteria to submit their information online of they are not yet matched with a vaccinator.