Health Department Vaccinates Emergency Medical Responders

Health Department Vaccinates Emergency Medical Responders

MENASHA, WI – On January 12, 2021, the Menasha Health Department vaccinated Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) personnel.  EMR personnel are included in phase 1A vaccination plans along with frontline health care providers and skilled nursing facility staff and residents. 

“Today we began vaccinating our EMR colleagues, who risk their lives to protect our community,” stated Nancy McKenney, Menasha Public Health Director.  “Neenah-Menasha fire fighters are designated as certified emergency medical responders or higher (emergency medical technicians and paramedics). They respond to all medical emergencies.  Ensuring their vaccination safeguards this vital workforce for our community,” she added.       

“Until now, testing, contact tracing, physical distancing, masks, hand hygiene and limiting gatherings have been our only defenses against COVID-19.  Vaccinations prevent serious illness and death,” stated Menasha Mayor Don Merkes. “The more people who are vaccinated, the lower our community spread. COVID-19 vaccines will help our schools and businesses stay open without disruption.” he added.

“We are fully engaged in Menasha’s COVID-19 emergency response, led by the Menasha Health Department.  The Health Department is a great resource and we rely on them to inform and guide us through the pandemic,” said Kevin Kloehn, Chief, Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue. “ 

20210112 Firefighter James Dunbar“We respond to medically – related COVID-19 calls.  Hitting this first step now makes me feel better,” said James Dunbar.  “Today I am thankful, grateful, and optimistic,” said Nicholas Brautigam.  Dunbar and Brautigam were the first two firefighters who received the vaccine.

The Menasha Health Department is coordinating with the City of Appleton, Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago County Health Departments, area health systems, pharmacies, and the Fox Valley Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition on COVID-19 vaccination plans. 

 “While vaccine availability is welcome news, we still must make sacrifices for a while longer to keep our loved ones safe and preserve healthcare system capacity,” said McKenney. “Seek testing if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Please don’t let your guard down. It will take time for everyone to be vaccinated,” she added.

Information about COVID-19 vaccine planning, safety, and benefits, can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and the WI Department of Health Services (DHS) website.  Please monitor the Menasha Health Department COVID-19 website, the DHS website for updates, and follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram.