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Hegg Health Center to Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2020
Contact: Ashley Van Maanen at 712-476-8099 or ashley.vanmaanen@hegghc.org

Hegg Health Center to Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations 

ROCK VALLEY – Hegg Health Center is expecting its initial shipment of COVID-19 vaccines for front-line workers just in time for Christmas.

Pending FDA approval for emergency use, Hegg Health Center is expecting 100 doses of the vaccine developed by biotechnology company Moderna to administer to their front-line workers within the hospital and clinic. Front-line workers such as the facility’s providers, emergency room staff and nurses are part of the first tier designated by the state to be eligible for the vaccine.

“We are eager to get started with the vaccine so we can return to a state of normalcy and stability for our staff, residents and community,” said Hegg Health Center CEO Glenn Zevenbergen.

On Friday, December 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first emergency use authorization for a version of the vaccine developed by pharmaceutical company Pfizer.

The Pfizer vaccine will be the version offered to long-term care facilities in Iowa. The vaccination will be handled through a program using staff from Walgreens pharmacies to administer the vaccines to both Whispering Heights staff and residents. This is expected to begin after Christmas.

Hegg Health Center is naming the vaccine program within Whispering Heights, Operation Embrace. Our desire is for the residents to embrace this opportunity so that they are able to embrace their loved ones once again. Karin Rosman, RN at Whispering Heights will be leading Operation Embrace, working with our residents and their families as they prepare to receive their vaccinations.

Hegg Health Center continues to encourage the community to follow the state’s exiting COVID-19 restrictions until vaccinations are more available in 2021.

“We’re hearing that by June anyone that wants a vaccine will be able to get one,” said Zevenbergen, “I hope it’s sooner than that, but in the meantime I trust our community will continue to help slow the spread of Covid. Together we can get beyond this.”

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