Earlier this month, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital delivered the 10,000th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Elizabeth Stevens of East Carondelet was the recipient of this milestone dose of the Moderna vaccine in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Stevens’ husband, Ralph, booked his appointment for the same day and he was number 10,001.
Since then, the hospital’s vaccine team as administered well over 15,000 doses.
Both Elizabeth and her husband Ralph signed up for vaccine notification through the St. Clair County Health Department’s Resident Vaccine Notification website and were notified by HSHS St. Elizabeth’s when appointments were available. All residents are encouraged to sign up for notifications with the county they live in if a form is available.
Another action St. Clair County residents can take is to create a MyChart account to receive future vaccine communications, based on eligibility and vaccine availability from HSHS. You do not have to be a patient of HSHS to create an account. Go to MyChartPortal.org to sign up and be sure to include an email address and phone number, preferably a cell to receive texts. Creating a MyChart account does not guarantee an appointment.
St. Elizabeth’s administered the first vaccinations on December 17, 2020 and have stood-up clinics for eligible persons ever since. The hospital is administering between 400-500 vaccines each clinic day. The vaccination clinic administers both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for first and second doses. The clinic is by appointment ONLY. No walk-ins are accepted.
St. Elizabeth’s colleagues are excited that the COVID-19 vaccine quantities continue to become available in our communities and are proud to be a site administering this important vaccine.
Patti Fischer, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital president and chief executive officer, said, “We worked quickly when the first vaccines arrived and administered first and second doses to our colleagues and other front-line health care workers in phase 1A. Now we continue, under the direction of the St. Clair County Health Department, to vaccinate our most vulnerable elderly population in the county.”
Through the detailed coordination efforts of the clinic team and St. Clair County personnel, not one dose has been wasted. The hospital will continue to vaccinate those in the community as doses are available and following the timeline and phases set by the state and county.
“It’s been a challenging year and it’s nice to start to see a light at the end of the tunnel. I want to strongly encourage our community to be patient with vaccine availability but when your time comes, please get vaccinated,” Fischer said.
The public is still urged to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Continuing to grow the number of people vaccinated is important but it’s not the only thing that’s going to end the pandemic. St. Elizabeth’s urges the public to continue to take all the health and safety precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Social distance
- Don’t gather in large groups
- Stay home if you are sick