Senator Thune visits Monument Health, Sturgis
Senator John Thune was at Monument Health Hospital in Sturgis Wednesday talking with caregivers and patients and getting an update on COVID-19 in South Dakota.
STURGIS, S.D. — While on his tour at Monument Health in Sturgis, Senator Thune watched as a vaccine dose was given to a Sturgis resident.
Thune says he is pleased with the way the vaccine had been made available and distributed in South Dakota and appreciates the work being done to get the vaccine out to the people who want it.
Senator John Thune, says, “It was great to see the efficiency of which Monument Health is handling people who want to get the vaccine. Encouraging to see the numbers that are coming through the doors, about 100 a day now it sounds like and the best thing that we can do if we want to return to normal life and is to get the vaccine it really is a game changer.”
Thune adds that the vaccine is essential and he’s glad that South Dakota is helping to lead the way in distribution. He also says that the vaccine is essential to get the disease behind us adding, “We’ve got 3 vaccines out there right now that are incredibly effective at stopping this disease and I just think that people – if we want to get back to normal, if we want to get this thing in the rearview mirror, the best thing they can do is get the vaccine.”
Thune says part of his visit is to reinforce confidence for South Dakota folks in getting vaccinated and added that he is fully vaccinated.
And as Phase 2 begins next week, Monument Health is keeping up their pace with vaccinations. South Dakota remains a leader in vaccination efforts, at both the regional and national level.
Morgan Newman, RN with Monument Health, Sturgis says, “The state has done an excellent job of not only getting the vaccination in arms but getting it widely dispersed throughout the state. The 3 systems have worked together, a lot of the meetings that I have been privy to it’s ongoing decisions with all of the systems, and what is the unified approach we want to take.”
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