MidMichigan Health First Great Lakes Bay Region Hospital to Receive COVID-10 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine was delivered to MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland on Wednesday.  It’s the first medical facility to receive the vaccine in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Just a few hours after 2,925 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were delivered to the Medical Center’s loading dock this morning, the first vaccine was given to a front line health care worker.

That staff member was AJ Schafer, R.N., a medical ICU nurse, of Weidman, Mich. “This is an exciting time. It’s a new start for everyone,” said Schafer. “I think the vaccine will help alleviate the fear of the common cold, even allergies, the ‘what ifs.’ The vaccine gives us confidence, and as more people get vaccinated, we can help alleviate those fears. It gives us hope.”

Following Schafer’s vaccination, an additional four front line health care workers were next in line followed by 35 members of the health system’s vaccination team. In addition, a supply of doses was taken to MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena for distribution to the Alpena vaccinator team Wednesday afternoon.

Starting Thursday, Dec. 17, the vaccination team will roll out a series of employee and provider clinics held in Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. Those receiving the vaccine will include employees from the Emergency Departments, ICU, EMS, medical and COVID floors. In the coming weeks additional employee groups will be vaccinated based on the health system’s prioritization process.

“This has been an incredible day. Our biggest goal with the vaccine is to encourage as many people to receive the vaccine so that we can help to end this pandemic,” said Lydia Watson, M.D., chief medical officer and senior vice president, MidMichigan Health. “We believe in the vaccine and the science behind it. We encourage our communities to educate themselves about the vaccine and how it will help us to fight COVID-19.  We recommend getting the vaccine when it is offered to you.”

For more about the COVID vaccine, visit:       www.midmichigan.org/CovidVaccine.

Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, McLaren Bay Region in Bay City and Hurley Medical Center in Flint were among area medical facilities that received the vaccine on Thursday.

Employees at Covenant HealthCare after delivery of the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.
“As a frontline health care worker, I want to make sure that I am protected so I can continue to help the community,” said Heath Lamb, Registered Nurse in McLaren Bay Region’s Critical Care Unit, and one of the first to receive the vaccine. “I need to be able to remain healthy so I can come to work every day to help those who need it the most.”