Published on December 17, 2020

New Chapter of Hope Begins with Arrival of Vaccine in Gladwin

Photo of MidMichigan Medical Center - Gladwin team member, Judy Evans, R.N, receiving the fist vaccine in Gladwin.

The first Gladwin team member to receive the vaccine was Judy Evans, R.N., resource nurse pool, MidMichigan Health.

Today marked a milestone, a new chapter of hope, when the COVID-19 vaccine was delivered to MidMichigan Medical Center – Gladwin. The vaccine was transported to the Gladwin this morning by members of MidMichigan Health’s vaccination team clinic in Midland. The Gladwin vaccines were 30 of 2,925 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that were received at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland by UPS truck on Wednesday morning.

The first Gladwin team member to receive the vaccine was Judy Evans, R.N., resource nurse pool, MidMichigan Health. A resident of Harrison, Evans stated, “I’m excited to be on my journey to help start the end of COVID-19.”

Following Evan’s vaccination, additional employees and providers received the vaccine. Today’s clinic was just one of several begin held at MidMichigan’s Medical Center locations in Alpena, Clare, Gratiot, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. Those first receiving the vaccine will include employees from the Emergency Departments, ICU, EMS, medical and COVID floors. In the coming weeks additional employee groups will be vaccinated based on the health system’s prioritization process.

“Our biggest goal with the vaccine is to encourage as many people to receive the vaccine so that we can help to end this pandemic,” said Lydia Watson, M.D., chief medical officer and senior vice president, MidMichigan Health. “We believe in the vaccine and the science behind it. We encourage our communities to educate themselves about the vaccine and how it will help us to fight COVID-19.  We recommend getting the vaccine when it is offered to you.”

Those interested in learning more about the COVID vaccine may visit www.midmichigan.org/CovidVaccine.