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Skagit Regional Health begins staff COVID-19 vaccinations

Dec 21, 2020, 18:54 PM
Skagit Regional Health began staff vaccination clinics today, Monday, December 21, 2020.

Skagit Regional Health (SRH) began staff vaccination clinics today, focusing initial efforts on those whose roles place them at highest risk for COVID-19. Prioritization of these staff roles will help to ensure that staff in critical positions are available to provide ongoing care for the greater community. Staff vaccination clinics kicked off this morning at 7 a.m. with the simultaneous inoculation of inpatient nurses, Tessa Olson, RN from Cascade Valley Hospital and Janine Cook, RN from Skagit Valley Hospital.

Nurses receive COVID-19 vaccine

Tessa Olson, RN has worked in healthcare for 12 years. She joined the Acute Care team at Cascade Valley Hospital two years ago when she became a Registered Nurse. She transferred to the CVH Critical Care Unit in August and is a valued member of the department’s night shift. Nicole Watts, manager of CVH’s Acute Care and CCU, said “One thing that we love about Tessa is her willingness to lend a hand. She is a self-motivated learner and seeks educational opportunities to enhance her craft.”

Janine Cook, RN has worked at Skagit Valley Hospital for 23 years. She is a relief charge nurse in the Critical Care Unit, a member of the Rapid Response Team, on the Unit Based Council and serves on the Nurse Practice Committee. Janine has been caring for COVID-positive patients since March. A coworker on the Skagit Valley Hospital Progressive and Critical Care Unit described Janine as “…an all-around great person and fabulous nurse. She is our MVP!” 

SRH received an initial 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday, December 17. Staff participated in dry and wet practice runs between the vaccine’s arrival and the start of staff vaccination clinics to ensure that all logistics, including safety, reporting and scheduling details, were in place.

There are approximately 2,600 Skagit Regional Health employees and medical staff who meet Phase 1A criteria defined by the CDC. The organization’s Vaccine Steering Committee worked with leaders to prioritize those employees at highest risk for COVID-19 exposure and have arranged for those staff and providers to receive the vaccine first.

Skagit Regional Health has worked closely with federal, state and regional partners to develop vaccine distribution plans that are aligned with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Washington state Department of Health (DOH) and county public health agencies. Due to the limited initial vaccine quantities, federal agencies and DOH are drafting a tiered approach to prioritize groups for vaccination. Skagit Regional Health will follow direction given from DOH regarding progression through the vaccine prioritization tiers. Current projections indicate that patients can likely begin receiving vaccinations in late winter/early spring.

For information about vaccine planning, visit the Skagit Regional Health website: http://www.skagitregionalhealth.org/covid-vaccine.

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Skagit Regional Health begins staff COVID-19 vaccinations

Dec 21, 2020, 18:54 PM
Skagit Regional Health began staff vaccination clinics today, Monday, December 21, 2020.

Skagit Regional Health (SRH) began staff vaccination clinics today, focusing initial efforts on those whose roles place them at highest risk for COVID-19. Prioritization of these staff roles will help to ensure that staff in critical positions are available to provide ongoing care for the greater community. Staff vaccination clinics kicked off this morning at 7 a.m. with the simultaneous inoculation of inpatient nurses, Tessa Olson, RN from Cascade Valley Hospital and Janine Cook, RN from Skagit Valley Hospital.

Nurses receive COVID-19 vaccine

Tessa Olson, RN has worked in healthcare for 12 years. She joined the Acute Care team at Cascade Valley Hospital two years ago when she became a Registered Nurse. She transferred to the CVH Critical Care Unit in August and is a valued member of the department’s night shift. Nicole Watts, manager of CVH’s Acute Care and CCU, said “One thing that we love about Tessa is her willingness to lend a hand. She is a self-motivated learner and seeks educational opportunities to enhance her craft.”

Janine Cook, RN has worked at Skagit Valley Hospital for 23 years. She is a relief charge nurse in the Critical Care Unit, a member of the Rapid Response Team, on the Unit Based Council and serves on the Nurse Practice Committee. Janine has been caring for COVID-positive patients since March. A coworker on the Skagit Valley Hospital Progressive and Critical Care Unit described Janine as “…an all-around great person and fabulous nurse. She is our MVP!” 

SRH received an initial 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday, December 17. Staff participated in dry and wet practice runs between the vaccine’s arrival and the start of staff vaccination clinics to ensure that all logistics, including safety, reporting and scheduling details, were in place.

There are approximately 2,600 Skagit Regional Health employees and medical staff who meet Phase 1A criteria defined by the CDC. The organization’s Vaccine Steering Committee worked with leaders to prioritize those employees at highest risk for COVID-19 exposure and have arranged for those staff and providers to receive the vaccine first.

Skagit Regional Health has worked closely with federal, state and regional partners to develop vaccine distribution plans that are aligned with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Washington state Department of Health (DOH) and county public health agencies. Due to the limited initial vaccine quantities, federal agencies and DOH are drafting a tiered approach to prioritize groups for vaccination. Skagit Regional Health will follow direction given from DOH regarding progression through the vaccine prioritization tiers. Current projections indicate that patients can likely begin receiving vaccinations in late winter/early spring.

For information about vaccine planning, visit the Skagit Regional Health website: http://www.skagitregionalhealth.org/covid-vaccine.