The OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center mission partners (employees) received COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 17.
Emily Burns, MSN, RN-BC, manager ICU/PCU, was the first mission partner at OSF Little Company of Mary to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I got the vaccine to be able to protect myself and my family and all those around me,” Burns said. “Based on my experience the last couple months being in the ICU, it’s been quite rough, so it’s exciting to be getting back to a more normal life hopefully in the next few months. I’m feeling great; I’m excited. The atmosphere in the hospital is really exciting today.
“I would just encourage everyone who can get the vaccine to get the vaccine as soon as possible so we can all kind of get back to our normal routine.”
Dr. Jilma Patrick, fellowship-trained breast surgeon at OSF Little Company of Mary, was also among the first mission partners to be vaccinated. Patrick sees this significant milestone as a glimmer of hope.
“I was excited to get the vaccine because I feel that, especially as a healthcare worker, we have to be able to use all the possible tools available for us to try to stop the spread of the pandemic. Some of the tools include wearing a mask, having 6 feet of distance around people, and getting the vaccine,” Patrick said. “I got the vaccine today. I feel great, and I’m just really excited that this finally came into reality because it’s really important for us to look at all the different avenues to try to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”
Adrian Keith is an environmental services technician who received the vaccine, and he is feeling encouraged.
“I got the vaccine because I wanted to be around my grandkids,” said Keith. “I’m feeling great. I feel like I accomplished something.”
OSF HealthCare is pleased by the approval from the Food and Drug Administration of an emergency-use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
OSF officials said that a vaccine is the best shot to eradicate the virus, and they are proud to be able to offer the vaccine to eligible frontline healthcare workers.