Tomah Health vaccinates nearly 200 teachers

TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) — Tomah Health has administered the Moderna vaccine to nearly 200 teachers, according to a Monday release.

Teachers with the Tomah Area School District were relieved to get their first dose of the vaccine.

“We’ve heard about the possibility of vaccines for so long but the reality really hits you when you finally get that call for an appointment to get in,” said Warrens / Wyeville Elementary schools principal Tim Gnewikow, who got his first dose March 4. “It really was quite exciting.”

Despite some initial reservations, Gnewikow said he put his faith in the science to get the vaccine. “Like with any shot or vaccine you have to take time and think about it and decide if it’s what’s best for you and your family and your community. Ultimately I decided to put my faith in the science and do my part for the greater whole and for my own personal health and get the shot,” he said.

Tomah Health employee health nurse Julie Anderson, MSN, RN, said more than 2,700 vaccines have been administered at Tomah Health to hospital staff, area elderly adults, along with teachers since last December. She said eligible residents interested in being vaccinated should complete the vaccine form on the Monroe County Health Dept. website at https://healthymonroecowi.org/vaccine/ or call the department at (608)269-8666.