Bronson Healthcare Begins Dispensing COVID-19 Vaccine to Employees
Bronson Healthcare received its first shipment of Pfizer vaccine this morning and began immunizing frontline staff at Bronson Methodist Hospital at 3:00 p.m. First doses of the vaccine will continue to be dispensed to Bronson employees across the region over the next few weeks as new shipments of the vaccine arrive, followed by second doses three weeks after the first.
Bronson Healthcare President and CEO Bill Manns says, “This is a long awaited moment. Our employees are eager to have vaccine protection against a disease that they have seen take far too many lives. Today marks a turning point in the fight to stop the pandemic. I hope everyone in our community will take the vaccine when given the opportunity.”
The first employees vaccinated today all have roles that put them in direct contact with patients that have COVID-19.
“We want our loved ones to be safe and we don’t want people to be sick,” says Kylee Kynaston, RN. “A lot of people have suffered a lot of loss and if there is anything we can do to prevent that then we need to do our part.”
The State of Michigan has established phases for vaccine distribution. After healthcare workers are immunized and as supplies allow, Bronson will be able to make the vaccine available to other members of the community.
- Phase 1a- Health care personnel (starting with Bronson employees delivering direct patient care) beginning in late December.
- Phase 1b- Bronson anticipates being able to provide vaccinations for workers in other essential businesses and industries with an estimated start date of February. The details of who will be vaccinated first in this group has not yet been established.
- Phase 1c- Bronson anticipates being able to provide vaccinations for adults at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness due to underlying medical conditions, and people 65 years and older no earlier than March of 2021.
- Phase 2- Bronson hopes to be able to begin to offer vaccinations to individuals 16 and older, not in one of the above categories, by the summer of 2021.
There is a COVID-19 Vaccine Information page on bronsonhealth.com which provides general guidance on the phases of the vaccine rollout. The timelines are subject to change based on guidance from MDHHS, CDC, and vaccine availability. Individuals in each phase will be able to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination through Bronson MyChart as vaccine becomes available.
As a reminder, anyone experiencing flu-like/COVID-19-like symptoms (fever, chills, cough or shortness of breath), should stay home in an area of the house away from others, and take one of the following next steps:
- Check your symptoms using the Bronson MyChart Symptom Checker.
- Contact your primary care provider via telephone or through Bronson MyChart.
- Call a Bronson Care Advisor at (269) 341-7788.
- Complete an On Demand Video Visit through Bronson MyChart.
For more information, visit the COVID-19 page on bronsonhealth.com.