Sioux City’s two main hospitals have started vaccinating their team members with the COVID-19 vaccine.
The first doses arrived at MercyOne and UnityPoint Health- St.Luke’s on Thursday.
Lisa Torres, a nurse at MercyOne, was one of the first frontline workers to receive the vaccine.
She says the process was painless:
OC…….at all. :10
Torres says she has been waiting for the vaccine to be made available to the staff who work with Covid-19 patients on a daily basis:
OC……..as well. :17
Tracy Larson, MercyOne’s Chief Nursing Officer, administered the vaccine to staff members:
OC……….push us forward. :10
Larson says finally having the vaccine available is a “light at the end of the tunnel” moment in dealing with the pandemic:
OC……..this pandemic. :23
The first round of vaccinations includes team members with the highest COVID-19 exposure risk.
The hospital staff have the option of not taking the vaccine, but most of them have signed up to receive it.
Photos courtesy MercyOne & UnityPoint