Tomah Health staff members receive COVID-19 vaccine

Tomah Health First Staff Covid Vaccine 12.28.2020

TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) — Tomah Health staff members have begun to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Tomah Health emergency department nurse practitioner Laura Miller was the first staff member at the hospital to receive a dose of the Moderna vaccine. She was one of 20 inoculated Monday.

“First, it’s amazing that science has developed this vaccine and secondly, it is pretty awesome that Tomah Health has been able to acquire it for us as employees,” Miller said before being inoculated.

Tomah Health received 100 doses of the vaccine, which hospital clinical educator Emily Newbury BSN, RN, said will be used to vaccinate front-line employees including staff in such departments as Emergency, Acute Care, Lab, Imaging, Pharmacy and Housekeeping.

“It’s super exciting; hopefully this is our light at the end of the tunnel and can give us some hope for returning to normalcy in the future,” said Newbury who administered the first dose of the vaccine to Miller.

All staff working at Tomah Health have been categorized into three priority groups based on the probability of coming in contact with a patient with COVID-19. Tomah Health employs more than 400 staff.

“Ideally everyone at Tomah Health will get this vaccine now through March or later. Hopefully we will get enough vaccine to be able to do that,” Newbury added.