An emergency department physician at Aurora Sinai Medical Center was the first Advocate Aurora Health employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.
The Milwaukee- and Downers Grove, Illinois-based health system began distributing the Pfizer vaccine Tuesday to frontline clinicians, including those working in emergency departments, intensive care units and other setting with COVID-19 patients.
Dr. Anne Johnson, an emergency department physician at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, was the first in the Advocate Aurora system to be vaccinated on Dec. 15.
Distributing the vaccine to Advocate Aurora’s first-priority employee group is expected to take four to six weeks, depending on supply, according to Robert Citronberg, director of the division of infectious disease at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
The state of Wisconsin is receiving 49,725 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week. Just under 200 COVID vaccinations have been reported to the state’s immunization registry as of noon Wednesday, said Andrea Palm, secretary-designee of the Department of Health Services.
“With the small amount of vaccine arriving in Wisconsin this week, we are starting with a small number of providers to help ensure safe and efficient distribution,” Palm said.
Palm said her department does not yet know how many Pfizer doses the state will receive next week.