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Washtenaw County Health Department (WCHD) has started vaccinating Health Department staff against COVID-19. Health Department staff who will be giving vaccinations to others and staffing upcoming vaccine clinics received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today. They are the first to be vaccinated.
“I’m so excited to be vaccinated, and I don’t have to wait because it’s my job to vaccinate others,” says Christina Zilke, RN, WCHD nursing supervisor (pictured right).
Initial supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine are limited. Health Department priorities include vaccinators, EMS, and frontline health care providers not already being vaccinated through a hospital or larger organization. Staff and residents at long-term care facilities are being vaccinated though national pharmacies in coordination with the federal government. All of these are part of priority area 1a.
“We’re feeling both grateful and optimistic as we begin this vaccination process,” says Jimena Loveluck, MSW, health officer for Washtenaw County. “This pandemic is an incredible strain on all of us and devastating to so many in our community. Adding vaccination to our prevention tools is a big step toward recovery and, eventually, normalcy.”
“It will take time – likely weeks for the initial phase and months for vaccination to be more widely available. In the meantime, please continue to use what we know works for preventing the spread of illness – wearing face masks, keeping social distance, frequent hand cleaning, and following isolation and quarantine guidelines,” continues Loveluck.
Photos from the initial vaccination clinic can be found here. See the full media release about vaccinations starting here.