Published on December 17, 2020

New Chapter of Hope Begins with Arrival of Vaccine in Clare

Photo of Melissa Burggraf, R.N., Medical Outpatient Unit, MidMichigan Medical Center - Clare receiving first COVID-19 vaccine.

Melissa Burggraf, R.N., Medical Outpatient Unit at MidMichigan Medical Center - Clare, receiving first COVID-19 vaccine.

Today marked a milestone, a new chapter of hope, when the COVID-19 vaccine was delivered to MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare. The vaccine was transported to Clare earlier today by members of MidMichigan Health’s vaccination team. The Clare vaccines were 18 of 2,925 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that were received at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland by UPS truck on Wednesday morning.

The first Clare team member to receive the vaccine was Melissa Burggraf, R.N., Medical Outpatient Unit, MidMichigan Medical Center – Clare. A resident of Shepherd, Burggraf stated, “Getting this vaccine makes me hopeful. So many people and businesses have been suffering since the very beginning of this pandemic. I think there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Following Burggraf’s vaccination, additional employees and providers received the vaccine. Today’s clinic was just one of several begin held at MidMichigan’s Medical Center locations in Alpena, Gladwin, Gratiot, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. Those first receiving the vaccine will include employees from the Emergency Departments, ICU, EMS, medical and COVID floors. In the coming weeks additional employee groups will be vaccinated based on the health system’s prioritization process.

“Our biggest goal with the vaccine is to encourage as many people to receive the vaccine so that we can help to end this pandemic,” said Lydia Watson, M.D., chief medical officer and senior vice president, MidMichigan Health. “We believe in the vaccine and the science behind it. We encourage our communities to educate themselves about the vaccine and how it will help us to fight COVID-19. We recommend getting the vaccine when it is offered to you.”

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