Ascension St. Joseph Hospital Vaccinates First Associates

Tawas, MI - The first associates at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday, December 23. The hospital received 400 doses of the vaccine on Wednesday and within hours vaccinated its first associates.

The first associates to receive the vaccine were:

  • Dr. Bob May, Emergency Department
  • Desiree Jacob, RDMS/RVT
  • Sylivia Lueck, RN
  • Cheryl Casteller, RN
  • Dr. Christopher Oravitz, ObGyn
  • Rick Meshew, PA
  • Deana Sivrais, EVS
  • Jennifer Dady, RRT
  • Theresa Lange, RN
  • Dr. Michael Wagner

Dr. Bob May and Sylvia Lueck work in the emergency room at Ascension St. Joseph and have seen and treated many cases of COVID -19. They jointly shared that they are “happy to do our part to help stop the pandemic.”

Deana Sivrais from the hospital’s environmental services department stated, “Although I was nervous, I did this to protect my family.”

“People should not be afraid,” said Dr. Michael Wagner. “I encourage all of the community to get the vaccine when it's available.”

“This is a very exciting moment for us. What a blessing to arrive at Christmas,” said Shane Hunt, Administrator at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital. “This is definitely a first step. As we await widespread distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, it is still critical for our entire community to continue wearing masks, maintaining distance from others and washing hands frequently to protect ourselves and those around us.”