Published on December 23, 2020

Essentia Health-Ada administers first COVID-19 vaccine

Dr. Sandra Martsching, emergency medicine, receives vaccine from Kelsey Borgen, RN

Essentia Health-Ada received its initial shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, December 21 and shortly thereafter, the first front line health care workers began receiving the vaccine.

Among the first to be vaccinated were Dave Halls, RN, Dr. Sandra Martsching, emergency medicine, and JB Bennefeld, maintenance engineer.

Vaccinations will be given in a tiered approach, beginning with those healthcare workers who provide direct patient care for COVID patients. To date, the initial shipment of vaccine has provided vaccinations for 49 healthcare workers. In addition to providers and nurses, phlebotomists, respiratory therapists and patient sitters are included in the initial allocation of the vaccine. The vaccine requires a second shot in 21 days.

Essentia Health plans to follow CDC and state health department guidelines for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, including which groups of people are vaccinated next. Waitlists are not part of either CDC or state health department guidelines at this time. Essentia Health plans to accept all vaccine supply allocated by state health departments to provide to our patients.

It is important to note that until a large percentage of the population is vaccinated, wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and frequent hand washing continue to be necessary.

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