Peace Harbor provides first COVID-19 caregiver vaccinations

Medical Director Heather McArthur, DO, was the first caregiver in Florence

Dec. 30, 2020 — PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center held its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic for caregivers and providers on Dec. 24, with additional clinics planned over the next several weeks.

Peace Harbor’s first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrived on Dec. 22. The hospital piloted the vaccination process with 10 frontline providers and caregivers on Dec. 23; Hospital Medical Director Heather McArthur, DO, an Emergency Department physician and hospital medical director, volunteered to be first.

“I was honored and thrilled to be the first one to roll up my sleeve,” said McArthur. “This is a momentous day for Peace Harbor, and for this community. Finally, we see a light at the end of this long, dark tunnel. We can’t wait for our caregivers and community members, especially those whose age or medical condition make them especially vulnerable, to be protected against this virus.”

Because the vaccine supply is limited, PeaceHealth is prioritizing the first doses of vaccines for healthcare workers with direct patient contact. Peace Harbor expected to vaccinate at least 75 caregivers, and in coming weeks will provide the vaccine to every caregiver who wants it.

Currently all of PeaceHealth Oregon’s hospitalized COVID-19 patients are treated at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, in two designated units — one in Intensive Care and one on the Medical Unit. Vaccinations began at RiverBend on Dec. 21, after receiving a shipment of Pfizer vaccine. 

Peace Harbor’s first shipment contained approximately 1,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine. 

PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 900 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its mission. 

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