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Why I got the COVID-19 vaccine: A firefighter’s perspective

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Pittsville Fire Chief Jerry Minor did not hesitate to get immunized when the COVID-19 vaccine became available.

“Our exposure is pretty significant in emergency medical services (EMS),” said Minor, who was vaccinated Jan. 22 at Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield. “The number of calls we get where we have probable and known COVID patients has increased significantly since the beginning of the pandemic. I don’t want to bring anything home, or bring anything back to the station.”

If COVID-19 infects a fire department, results can be disastrous, Minor said. “Most fire departments rely on volunteers and have staffing problems anyway, even without COVID. Our department can’t afford to be shorthanded.”

Minor said he has no personal safety concerns about the vaccination. “I’ve gotten the usual vaccinations throughout my life and have not had any adverse reactions.”

Why I Got the COVID Vaccine: A Firefighter's Perspective
Pittsville Fire Chief Jerry Minor did not hesitate to get immunized when the COVID-19 vaccine became available.

Minor hopes his occupational background translates into credibility when talking vaccination with skeptical neighbors and firefighter colleagues around Wisconsin.

“Wearing a mask is the first step in protecting yourself and your family,” Minor said. “I think the vaccine is the logical next step.”

Firefighters and emergency responders are held in high esteem by rural communities, according to research conducted by the National Farm Medicine Center at Marshfield Clinic Research Institute.

“Vaccines are a critical step forward for rural communities as it means COVID-19 is less likely to overwhelm already strapped rural health care systems such as EMS,” said Casper Bendixsen, center director of Farm Medicine. “The overall health of rural communities, including socially, economically and medically, will be improved by rural community members getting their vaccine when they can.”

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin and whether you are eligible, visit marshfieldclinic.org/CovidVaccine.

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5 responses to “Why I got the COVID-19 vaccine: A firefighter’s perspective”

  1. Margaret Poisson

    Is there any more information on regaining your taste or smell after having Covid?

    1. Jacob Zipperer

      Hello Margaret,

      Thank you for reaching out.

      For more on regaining your taste and smell after COVID, we recommend reading this other Shine365 blog post:

      Hope that helps,

  2. Ggls

    Why would Jerry hesitate to get the vaccines, he serves the public. Anyone that doesn't get the vaccines is selfish in my opinion.

  3. Georgia

    I signed up for the vaccine but haven't heard anything. I want it but how can I get it?

    1. Jacob Zipperer

      Hi Georgia,

      Confirmation emails to those who previously completed the online survey have been sent, but given the volume of requests, it may take some time before we’re able to connect with them.

      Because vaccine supply is minimal, a limited number of appointments are available every week. As additional vaccine becomes available, we are calling individuals to schedule an appointment.

      One resource that may be helpful is our Vaccine Appointment Updates webpage: https://www.marshfieldclinic.org/specialties/infectious-diseases/covid-vaccine-appointment. We update this webpage daily with information on the total amount of individuals we have vaccinated, the amount of people requesting vaccination and the latest news on the supply of vaccine we receive from the WI Department of Health Services.

      We hope that information is helpful and do sincerely apologize. We appreciate your patience – thank you,

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