COVID-19 Vaccine Starts its Statewide Journey at UW Health

December 16, 2020

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COVID-19 Vaccine Starts its Statewide Journey at UW HealthAfter months of struggle and over 4,000 deaths, Wisconsin finally reaches what is hopefully a new milestone in its fight against COVID-19. On December 15, Kenosha News published an article by David Wahlberg titled "UW Health Workers Among First in State to Get COVID-19 Vaccine" recounting the arrival of the nation's first approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Last Monday, 10,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine reached the state of Wisconsin, with UW Health workers taking the lead during the distribution process. According to the guidelines set by health officials, high-risk health care workers such as doctors and nurses in the intensive care units would be the first to get access to the vaccine, with essential workers, the elderly population, and people with chronic health conditions following close behind.

With 40,000 additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine scheduled to reach the state on Wednesday and a vaccine by Moderna pending for review, health officials remind the population that there are still months of work ahead before the crisis is averted. Respiratory therapist Chestina Schubert, a respiratory therapist at UW Hospital and the first recipient of the vaccine, agrees with this statement, saying that "[The vaccine] is a step closer to making sure everything gets better for our country, but we're still not there yet."

There is no data suggesting that the Pfizer vaccine can prevent the spread among people with no symptoms, and authorities can only monitor its effects on the population at large after people start getting vaccinated. For these reasons, the current safety guidelines (wearing face masks, keeping the social distance, and regular handwashing) should still be people's first course of action to reduce infection rates.

Read the full article here: UW Health Workers Among First in State to Get COVID-19 Vaccine


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