Avera St. Luke’s to administer first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

Now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine, Avera St. Luke’s plans to administer the first doses that have been allocated by the state.

“We will receive our first vaccines soon and plan to begin vaccinating our front line staff Tuesday evening. Avera St. Luke’s is grateful that the vaccine is now available and we can begin the lifesaving work of administering vaccines. While the vaccine won’t be available to everyone right away, please be assured that we will keep you informed. We recommend that people get the vaccine as soon as it is available to them,” said Tess Moeller, Director of Quality, Innovation & Strategy, Quality Risk Management and Avera St. Luke’s Vaccine Coordinator. “

A safe and effective vaccine is a vital step toward ending the COVID-19 pandemic,” said David Basel, MD, Vice President of Avera Medical Group Quality. “The more people who get the vaccine, the closer we can get to ‘back to normal’ and see reduced illness and hospitalizations due to this virus. While masking and social distancing are important, a large number of people getting vaccinated is the only way this virus will get under control. The more people who get the vaccine, the more lives will be saved.” For more on this story and many more please purchase a copy of the Sisseton Courier on news stands now or purchase a copy of the E-edtion on this website..