• MercyOne Clinton Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

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    December 22, 2020

    MercyOne Clinton Medical Center received its shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this morning, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, and began distributing the vaccine to health care workers based on CDC recommendations for vaccine prioritization. Like all Iowa health systems, MercyOne is working closely with the CDC and state health departments charged with vaccine distribution in our state.

    "This is certainly a momentous day, and one that we have been eagerly anticipating," said Kay Takes, president of MercyOne Eastern Iowa Region. "We urge everyone, however, to continue to follow current safety measures. It is crucial that we all remain vigilant with avoiding crowds, practicing physical distancing, wearing masks, and hand hygiene. Doing these things, along with widespread vaccination over the next several months, will get us effectively to the end of the pandemic."

    It is essential to continue upholding our personal safe living and decision-making responsibilities until the vaccine is more broadly available. People who are vaccinated must also stay committed to CDC safety guidelines until there is widespread vaccination.

    For more information, please visit MercyOne.org/COVID19Vaccine.

    Photo Caption (12-22-20 Vaccine Photo): Lori Ryder, RN, Fulton, received the first vaccination today. She is a member of the MercyOne Clinton nurse float pool and has worked on the COVID-19 unit since March. She will continue to work on the unit as needed. 

    Lori Leipold, Marketing Specialist
    lori.leipold@mercyhealth.com, (563) 244-7526