La Crosse doctors providing COVID vaccines to those living homebound

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – Gundersen Health System doctors Robyn Borge and Kylie Bossuyt don’t carry vaccine supplies in an SUV every day.

Thursday isn’t any day.

“We are driving all over,” Borge said. “La Crosse, Onalaska, Bangor, Holmen.”

Thursday, these doctors are making house calls.

“It has required a lot of coordination,” Borge said.

To get the Pfizer vaccine into the arms of patients who are homebound.

“I can drive a car better than I can walk,” Elizabeth MacEwen said, who is homebound. “I do appreciate you coming to my home.”

Gundersen Health System staff go through the vaccine checklist for each patient, and there are many.

“We’re trying to vaccinate around 20 patients this morning,” Borge said.

Before they know it, vaccine dose number one is done.

“And then we’ll go back out again in around three weeks to provide the second dose,” Borge said.

Nerves aside, Elizabeth says it was good to get vaccinated.

“I was really happy to receive this particular vaccine,” she said.

Because these doctors delivered a shot of hope.

“If I would get it (the virus), I would want my life to be ended,” Elizabeth said. I wouldn’t want to have to go to a nursing home.”

Thanks to these healthcare workers providing mobile medicine, Elizabeth and others can stay safe in their homes.

“This has been some of the most rewarding work I have done in my career,” Borge said.

The vaccinations are being done in a partnership between Gundersen Health System, the La Crosse County Health Department and Inclusa.

Inclusa staff, which provide care to homebound people, stay with the patients after each dose for 15 minutes for any potential allergic reactions.