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[La Vacuna Contra el COVID-19: Una Carta Abierta a Nuestras Comunidades]

Dear friends and neighbors,

Over the past 16 months, Fort HealthCare and our communities have demonstrated a responsiveness like no other time in our history. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way we all work and live. While we have been enjoying having things slowly settle in to a new normal, it may be easy to lose sight of our collective mission to keep the virus from returning to our homes, schools, and workplaces again.

As medical professionals and partners in your health, we have come together to urge you to continue to protect yourselves and those you care about. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 600,000 Americans and more than 4 million people worldwide have lost their lives to COVID-19. Having lost even one life to this global crisis is one too many, and the lasting effects that up to one in three people have experienced after recovering from the virus can be life limiting.

At this point in time, we recognize that many people feel they are not likely to get a serious case of COVID-19. This may be true for some, but we urge you to keep in mind that a healthy person may contract the virus and be a carrier spreading it to other people that may experience a much more serious, or even fatal result. Some states (Florida, Nevada, Arkansas, Missouri, and Louisiana) and parts of western Europe are already reporting surges in cases just over the past seven days.

The Food and Drug Administration has proven the COVID-19 vaccine to be very safe and highly effective. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the vaccine being safe for pregnant women. The availability of COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 12 and up can make the rest of the summer and the coming school year safer and more normal, but only if families and adolescents choose to get vaccinated.

The more this virus spreads, the more likely it is to mutate into forms that become more contagious and produce even more severe illness.

This is what we are seeing with the Delta variant spreading right now through many parts of the United States. The new variants of the virus are affecting the younger unvaccinated populations a lot harder than the variants we saw last winter. The medications we used last winter to fight COVID-19 infections are not as effective against the new variants, making vaccinations and doing everything we can to prevent the infection an absolute necessity. Vaccination can stop the virus from spreading so it won’t have a chance to mutate.

Medical science supports our decision to encourage you to get the vaccine if you haven’t already. We know that vaccines save lives. To achieve a similar result from COVID-19 vaccines requires trust in the vaccine development and distribution process, along with a willingness by our populations to get vaccinated. As of July 19, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 161.5 million people in the United States (which is only 48.6 percent of the total population) have been fully vaccinated.

Until our communities have been broadly immunized, we continue urging you to protect yourself and others from the virus by continuing to wear a face mask according to the CDC’s guidelines, maintain social distancing practices, wash your hands frequently, and schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment as soon as you are able. These are scientifically proven actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

You can schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment with us in different ways:

If you have any questions or need further guidance, please contact your local Fort HealthCare provider.

Your health and safety are extremely important to us.

This past year has brought challenges and disruptions to all our lives. Just as we navigated the early days of this pandemic together, we are here to help you and your loved ones return to normal life as quickly as possible – and to help things stay that way for many years to come.

Committed to your health, your Fort HealthCare medical provider,

James Martin, MD
Stephanie Nottestad, MD
Christine Chuppa, MD
Elizabeth Lynk, MD
Georgia Schiller, MD
Molly Larson, MD
Joyce Dedrick, APNP
Robert Glinert, MD
Martin Okun, MD
Michael Anderson, MD
William Hofmann, MD
Cheryl Kinney, Au.D
Kimberly Knudsen, CCC-A, Au.D
Mohamed Yafai, MD
Latisha Smith-Chase, MD
Ernesto Bogarin, MD
Susan Ipsen, APNP
Joellyn Krause, APNP
Jennifer Winter, MD
Fawn Townsend, FNP- BC
Thomas Tackman, MD
William Cannon, MD
Laura Koenig, MD
Julia Dewey, MD
Catherine Sweeney, MD
Luella Guzman, MD, FAAP
Heidi Jennrich, APNP
Lauren Mayer, APNP
Rachel Guenther, APNP
Miranda DeThier, PA-C
David Misorski, MD
Jackie Wolff-Ellifson, APNP-BC
Jennifer Philbin, MD
James Wishau, MD
Laurel Runte, APNP
Isidoro Zambrano, MD
Paul Schuppner, DO
Matthew Bliss, MD
Clark Collins, PA-C
Benjamin Hodges, MSPA, PA-C
Bill Kontny, MD
Marc Erickson, MD
Jonathan McLaughlin, MD
Douglas Keehn, DO
Lindsay Vanselow, APNP
Colleen Drosdeck, Psy.D.
Matthew Mallin, MSSA, LCSW
Jessica Pech, APNP, PMHNP-BC
Olivia Gilkey-Meisegeier, MS, LCSW
Alicia Leslie, MSW, LCSW
Stanley Fudala, MD
Madison Emergency Physicians