TOMAH, Wis. (WXOW) - The vaccination process for healthcare workers in the area continues.
For example, so far, 200 of Tomah Health's staff have received the vaccine.
Julie Anderson, an Employee Health Nurse for Tomah Health, said the vaccine is not mandatory for employees, but highly encouraged.
"The opportunity to have a vaccination to prevent COVID illness from spreading in our community is a huge hope for the future for things to change," Anderson said. "Vaccination gives us the opportunity to prevent spread and hopefully in the future get back to some normalcy."
In La Crosse, Bridget Pfaff, the Administrative Director for Gundersen Health System, said the state of Wisconsin is still in the first wave, meaning health professionals and other community health workers are the priority.
"In the state of Wisconsin, over 123,000 healthcare workers have been vaccinated in the last several weeks," Pfaff said. "We are using this vaccine as an emergency use operation, and because of that, we are not allowed to make it a mandatory program."
Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse vaccinated 1,500 people to date. As with the other medical facilities, their vaccinations aren't mandatory although highly recommended.