Published on December 17, 2020

New Chapter of Hope Begins with Arrival of Vaccine in Mt. Pleasant

Photo of Jamie Merrifield, R.N., MidMichigan Medical Center - Mt. Pleasant receiving first COVID-19 vaccine.

Jamie Merrifield, R.N., MidMichigan Medical Center - Mt. Pleasant, receiving first COVID-19 vaccine.

Today marked a milestone, a new chapter of hope, when the COVID-19 vaccine was delivered to MidMichigan Medical Center – Mt. Pleasant. The vaccine was transported to Mt. Pleasant late this morning by members of MidMichigan Health’s vaccination team. The Mt. Pleasant vaccines were 12 of 2,925 doses of the Pfizer vaccine that were received at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland by UPS truck on Wednesday morning.

The first to receive the vaccine at MidMichigan Medical Center – Mt. Pleasant was Jamie Merrifield, R.N. A resident of Mt. Pleasant, Merrifield stated, “The vaccine is important to me because I can help lead by example and help educate the public on the importance of getting the vaccine. We need to get enough people to get vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.”

Following Merrifield’s vaccination, additional employees and providers received the vaccine. Today’s clinic was just one of several held at MidMichigan’s Medical Center locations in Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Midland and West Branch. Those first receiving the vaccine will include employees from the health system’s 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.