by Jane Adams
Registered Practical Nurse, Miranda Carruthers, is among the first member of Winchester District Memorial Hospital [WDMH] staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. On Friday, February 19, 84 staff members and physicians were vaccinated. Several other WDMH staff members received their first vaccine on January 15 at Dundas Manor.
Miranda Carruthers has been working at the Assessment Centre in Winchester, operated by WDMH, since November. She tests patients for COVID-19: “I was super excited to get my vaccine and I feel extremely thankful. By protecting WDMH staff, we can also protect patients and families and our local communities. It’s going to make a huge difference, and everyone will be able to see their loved ones again.”
“WDMH staff have been on the front line of this pandemic and this is a great first step. We look forward to seeing the entire WDMH team – and our local communities – get their first dose over the coming weeks,” noted CEO Cholly Boland. “Thank you to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit for your leadership in the vaccine roll-out.”
WDMH has developed a detailed vaccination plan that prioritizes staff, based on their level of risk and work location. For example, staff members working in the Emergency Department will be vaccinated before staff members who do not have direct contact with patients. Decision-making is also guided by the Province’s ethical framework for vaccine distribution.
All safety protocols remain in place at WDMH, including screening, wearing masks, the use of personal protective equipment, and visitor restrictions. For full details and the latest updates, please visit www.wdmh.on.ca.
If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613.774.1049 or by email at [email protected].