Dr. Kelly Bagnell

Dr. Kelly Bagnell of Providence St. Joseph Medical Center receives a COVID-19 vaccination. Frontline healthworkers across the US are the first to be vaccinated.

POLSON — Providence St. Joseph Medical Center began vaccinating its caregivers with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, December 28, 2020. 

St. Joe’s Director of Nursing, Erin Rumelhart, said, “Our caregivers are excited about receiving the vaccine. Everyone who has come through has been enthusiastic about having a way to fight this virus.” 

During this first day of vaccinations, 70 employees were slated to receive a vaccination. Employees are notified by email or text about their scheduled time to receive the Moderna vaccine. 

St. Joseph Medical Center Chief Operating Officer, Devin Huntley, arrived early to witness this historic event firsthand. He said, “I arrived at work at 6:45 a.m. and the hallway leading to the vaccination clinic was full of activity. I could feel the excitement in the air. Our team put an enormous amount of hard work into this organizing this and I’m so proud of them.” 

The vaccination clinic continues for St. Joe’s caregivers, and more vaccine is slated for to be delivered soon. 

For more information, please contact Rich Forbis, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center at richard.forbis@providence.org or at 406-883-8273.

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