Southwest Health System began implementing Phase 1A of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan this morning. Local press were invited to watch SHS Chief of Staff Ben Carelock, DPM receive his first of 2 COVID-19 vaccines. The second to be given in 3 weeks. Dr. Carelock commented, “I’m proud to be taking the Covid-19 vaccine today. Proud of my community hospital for working so hard to get to this point; proud of my colleagues who lined up next to me to get vaccinated as well; and proud of the nearly 50,000 volunteers who stepped up to participate in the trial so the rest of us can benefit from their courage.”
SHS will vaccinate SHS’s healthcare workers, per the state guidelines today (12/16) and tomorrow (12/17) as well as others in the state’s “critical workforce”. More shipments are expected in the coming weeks from Pfizer and Moderna as they are allocated for first and second doses to those being vaccinated.
It is important to note that this first Phase, 1A, is for what the state has deemed the “critical workforce,” including hospital and clinic staff, assisted living residents and staff, home health, and EMS/Fire/Police/Public Health/Correctional Workers. As plans are solidified for public distribution, Montezuma County Public Health department will be distributing this information to the public. More information can be found at Montezuma County’s website and on Montezuma County Health Department’s and Montezuma County’s Facebook page.