Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, has been busy since late January providing COVID-19 vaccines to interested patients, and now any community member over age 16. In fact, staff has successfully vaccinated nearly 28,000 people.
Those numbers became a reality in part due to a mass vaccination clinic in Fond du Lac that drew more than 2,000 interested community members as they were able to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In addition, Agnesian HealthCare has provided nearly 9,800 vaccines through its employees, volunteers and community members through employee health/community outreach.
“The day was extremely successful, with those participating commenting that getting their shot was not only easy, but the added protection left them feeling relieved, hopeful, and thankful,” according to Kathy Luedtke, Fond du Lac Regional Clinic director of Clinic Services. “I am so proud of our team who have come together - whether clinicians, pharmacists, cleaners, frontline schedulers and support personnel - many of whom willingly work above and beyond normal hours to ensure that we can provide vaccinations close to home.”
Following the April 10 mass vaccination clinic, Agnesian HealthCare continues to give COVID-19 vaccines in Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun. Fond du Lac appointments are Monday through Friday, with Ripon and Waupun offering two days each week. Those clinics feature either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
“We are doing everything possible to offer our community COVID-19 vaccines for those eager people as supplies and new vaccines become available,” Luedtke says. “We are driven by our mission to provide exceptional health care and we take our public health responsibilities seriously. We have an excellent team that has worked very hard to develop vaccination plans that can flex as supplies and eligible populations increase.”
Anyone interested in receiving a vaccine - whether an Agnesian HealthCare patient or not - can schedule one of three different ways:
- Online scheduling at agnesian.com/vaccine (*18 years and above)
- By phone at (920) 926-8400 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- SSM Health MyChart (*18 years and above)
Please note: Because only the Pfizer vaccine is approved for individuals ages 16 and older, anyone scheduling a vaccine appointment for teens aged 16 or 17 should call our scheduling line at (920) 926-8400 to ensure they are scheduled at a location that offers the Pfizer vaccine.
Individuals age 16 and 17 will need to present a parent or guardian signed consent form or have a parent/guardian present at the time of vaccination.
To read more about the eligible groups, visit the Wisconsin Department of Human Services web site.