Published on December 17, 2020

New Chapter of Hope Begins with Arrival of Vaccine in West Branch

Photo of Stacey Krebs, M.S.N, R.N., nursing supervisor, MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch receiving first COVID-19 vaccine.

Stacey Krebs, M.S.N, R.N., nursing supervisor, MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch, receives the first COVID-19 vaccine.

Today marked a milestone, a new chapter of hope, when the COVID-19 vaccine was delivered to MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch. The vaccine was transported to West Branch earlier today by members of MidMichigan Health’s vaccination team. The West Branch 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 West Branch team member to receive the vaccine was Stacey Krebs, M.S.N, R.N., nursing supervisor, MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch. A resident of West Branch, Krebs stated, “It was amazing to be part of history. It’s exciting to be part of the beginning of the end of this pandemic.”

Following Kreb’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 Mt. Pleasant. 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.