Brookings Health System recently announced that more than 75 percent of all staff members have received the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We are proud to report that our facility has vaccinated 77 percent of our staff,” said Quality Director, Emily Delbridge. “Our caregivers recognize that getting vaccinated is one of the most effective ways to protect themselves, patients and nursing home residents against this deadly virus. Since day one of the pandemic, they have worked day and night to keep our most vulnerable citizens safe.”
Health care providers were placed first in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine because of their essential role in fighting this pandemic. Vaccinating all health care providers will help protect them from getting sick and protect patients and residents who are at risk for severe illness. Early protection of staff is critical to preserve an organization’s capacity to care for the public. In addition, staff can serve as role models in their communities. By getting vaccinated first, they can positively influence the vaccination decisions of coworkers, residents, friends and family.
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network has recognized Brookings Health System as a COVID-19 Vaccination Ambassador. The network was enlisted by CMS to help increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in North Dakota and South Dakota.
“While we remain optimistic, our work does not stop here. The virus is still a very real threat and we must continue to do all that we can to protect our community and frontline caregivers,” added Delbridge. “We continue to encourage vaccinations, as well as follow all safety guidelines such as wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) and conducting regular testing.”
October 11, 2021