Rapid City, SD – According to the statement, 900 of both, Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines, were sent to other health care facilities around the Black Hills. Frontline health care workers are the first to receive it, followed by long-term health care residents in the second phase. Monument Health has been distributing and administering vaccines at a rapid pace in order to try and flatten the curve as soon as possible.
The Director of Pharmacy for Monument Health, Scott Peterson, said:
“Things have gone really well for Monument Health. If you look at how we’ve done, as a state, in comparison with the rest of the nation, we’re at the very top of that list. 60% to 70% of the doses that we’ve received we’ve already administered out to people. It’s extremely important to get the vaccination to people. And so the more people that are vaccinated, the less people that get COVID, the less people that are spreading COVID around. And so that ultimately results in less people getting sick.”
Monument Health is now into Phase 1C, which includes EMS, public health workers, as well as law enforcement and correctional officers. Doses of the vaccine have already been administered at the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office.
Phase 1D is not expected to begin until February, which includes people with two or more underlying medical conditions, those that are 65 years or older, as well as teachers.