Deaconess announces 100K vaccine milestone

Deaconess announces 100K vaccine milestone

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Deaconess Health officials made a special announcement at the Deaconess Downtown Vaccine Clinic.

They were able to give their 100,000th vaccine.

“I’m really excited to get my second shot now,” said Lioba Kloppenburg, recipient of the 100,000th shot.

“Today we hit our 100,000th vaccine given, both first and second doses,” said Brian Spencer, pharmacy manager. “That’s big in where we were just four short months ago giving our first vaccine.”

Kloppenburg is originally from Germany.

She hasn’t seen her family overseas in more than two years, and she hopes this will bring her one step closer to visiting. Deaconess health officials just hope to keep giving shots.

“Hopefully there will come a time when we don’t have people lining up at our doors, that we’ve given all the vaccines that we need to give,” said Spencer. “Until that comes, we’re ready to keep giving vaccines and do so for the community.”

Deaconess officials say since the start of vaccine distribution, data shows a decline of deaths and hospitalizations.

They give the credit to their hardworking team.

“It’s, I think, a recognition of all of the hard work that everyone has done to get here, and that there’s hope that at one point we’re going to get out of this pandemic. “But still knowing that 100,000 isn’t enough so we’ve got a lot more work to do,” said vaccine clinic director Andrew Schenk.

Lioba Kloppenburg is a chemist here in Evansville and says she is excited to be apart of this milestone in science.

Deaconess has been administering vaccines since mid-December.

They started with just 1,000 doses for healthcare workers.

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