Through January 22, Sheridan Memorial Hospital (SMH) has provided COVID-19 vaccinations to approximately 1,000 people in Sheridan County. That includes SMH employees and the priority populations of essential workers and people over the age of 70.
The side effects from the second dose of the vaccination received can include arm soreness at the injection site, minor swelling, chills, fever, fatigue and headaches. A few SMH providers have provided a short video documenting their experience receiving their second dose.
“I’m feeling hopeful, and very grateful,” said Erin Strahan, PA-C with the SMH Internal Medicine Clinic. “This is one chance to get back to normal life.”
“I have a little soreness in my arm but nothing that kept me from seeing my full complement of patients,” explains Dr. Elisabeth Scalva, with the SMH Women’s Clinic. “I’m feeling grateful to be protected and to protect my family, my patients and mostly this community.”
“Initially, I had a little bit of a sore arm,” said Dr. Ian Hunter, Sheridan County Public Health Officer. “Later that night, I woke up and had a fever… I just didn’t feel good for about eight hours, then that resolved.”
Currently, all doses of the vaccine SMH has received or is scheduled to receive is already spoken for. This includes 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine scheduled for delivery on January 25 or 26.
SMH is accepting calls to place essential workers and people over age 70 on a wait list. Once more information is available regarding additional vaccine, SMH will be working through the wait list to conduct call backs and schedule additional vaccination appointments.
If you have been designated an essential worker or are over the age of 70 and you want to receive the vaccine, please call 307-675-4471 and leave your name, date of birth and phone number. You will receive a call back within the next business day to be placed on the wait list.