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SEIU partnering with Beaumont Health to encourage members to get vaccinated against COVID-19
Wayne County, MI – SEIU is teaming up with Beaumont Health and State Senator Adam Hollier to encourage healthcare workers to volunteer to be among the first in the state to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The distribution of the first vaccination produced by Pfizer began this week, which was deemed to be safe and effective last week by the FDA.
Healthcare workers are now being asked to vaccinate as the first major step towards ending the COVID-19 pandemic. Beaumont Health Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention Dr. Nick Gilpin was the first person to receive the vaccine at Beaumont Health.
“We have been waiting for the arrival of a vaccine since the pandemic began. I’m confident this vaccine, and the others in development, will stop the spread of the virus and save lives. Yet, I also know it’s going to take some time for the majority of the population to get vaccinated. In the meantime, it’s critically important we all keep wearing masks and practicing social distancing,” Dr. Gilpin said.
Dr. Gilpin was one of a group of Beaumont Health Care Heroes who received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. All health care workers who received the vaccine are in the 1A high priority group, meaning they have direct or indirect exposure to patients with COVID-19 or infectious materials.
Ken Haney, Executive Vice-President SEIU Healthcare Michigan, included a statement about the benefits the partnership will have for increasing vaccinations:
“Our health care workers have selflessly put their lives on the line time and again to protect us from COVID-19, and now they will be among the first to have the opportunity to gain protection from the virus. A proven example is our Chief Steward for the Beaumont Hospital, Taylor campus, Robert Williams, who will be one of the first to receive the vaccine at his campus. While we understand some might feel uncomfortable taking a new vaccine, we know the most dangerous threat to our workers and residents is and will continue to be COVID-19. We are also supported by State Senator Adam Hollier who is spearheading the distribution throughout the state of Michigan of the vaccine. Through this collaborative effort, we lead a coalition that encourages all workers, staff, and family members to get vaccinated.”
Beaumont received 975 initial doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which it is administering to a group of the highest priority care team members for COVID-19 patients. Beaumont launched a robust clinic this week at the Beaumont Service Center in Southfield to administer the first doses of the vaccine.