Residents and staff at St. Luke Health Services today began receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and entered a new chapter in the continuing battle against this insidious virus.

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Frontline healthcare worker Chelsea Bosco was among the first at St. Luke to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine is being facilitated by St. Luke’s pharmacy partner HealthDirect Pharmacy Services, who is managing the on-site vaccination clinics at St. Luke.

Today's clinic was the first of three St. Luke will provide for all residents and employees who choose to receive the voluntary vaccine over the coming weeks.

St. Luke’s Medical Director, Renante Ignacio MD strongly encouraged all residents and staff to receive the vaccine. “The vaccine is another important step in our efforts to protect our residents and staff as we work to return to the day when we can welcome our community back into our facilities safely.”

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St. Luke's Medical Director Renante Ignacio, MD joined residents and staff in receiving his vaccine during a clinic today.

Dr. Ignacio joined the hundreds of residents and staff receiving their first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I was vaccinated today because I believe the vaccine is safe and I want to help to protect my patients, my family, our community and myself,” said Dr. Ignacio. “We still have challenges ahead in our efforts to control this disease. I encourage everyone to continue to adhere to the protective measures advocated by my colleagues and our public health officials which include wearing a face mask, washing your hands frequently and practicing social distancing.” 

The next round in the vaccination clinic for residents and staff at St. Luke is scheduled for mid-January.