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MountainView Regional Medical Center administers COVID-19 vaccines to frontline healthcare workers


MountainView Regional Medical Center, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, began administering COVID-19 vaccinations to medical staff and team members who function in areas with the longest duration and greatest frequency of exposure to known COVID-19 patients.

MountainView received its initial allotment of 325 doses earlier this morning.  Vaccines began shortly after noon, with selected individuals now scheduled for the remainder of the week.  All of the initial doses available to MountainView are earmarked for healthcare workers per the established priorities from the NM Department of Health.

Dr Kristopher Crawford, Director of Emergency Medicine stated “It is good news that a vaccine is now available to protect individuals from infection by the COVID-19 virus. Prevention is key since there is no cure for COVID-19. Vaccination is an important step in helping to prevent this illness and its potentially devastating consequences.”

The first six COVID-19 vaccinations were administered to:

            K C Banda, MD, Hospitalist Medical Director

            Kristopher R Crawford, MD, Director of Emergency Medicines

Thomas Spera, MD, Interventional Radiology

Ruth Villegas, RN, Director Emergency Department

Monica Prangner, RN, Emergency Department

Rosula Coten Karaan, RN, Emergency Department

All were administered by Julie Reyes, RN

It will take time to distribute the vaccine to a significant part of the population, so until then, it's critical to follow safe practices including wearing a mask in public, staying six feet away from others and frequently washing your hands.