By Deb Balzer
It’s been one year since hope arrived at Mayo Clinic in form of a vaccine to help slow the spread of COVID-19 infection. Since December of 2020, Mayo Clinic has administered approx. 320,000 COVID-19 vaccines throughout its campuses in Rochester, Phoenix, Jacksonville, and Mayo Clinic Health System.
Along with vaccinations, Mayo Clinic has cared for roughly 140,000 patients with COVID-19 and monitored 103,000 virtually through the COVID-19 front-line care team, tested nearly 2 million patients, and provided more than 20,000 monoclonal antibody infusions. Of those monoclonal antibody infusions, 16,000 were administered in the Midwest, including 10,000 in rural communities throughout southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
“One of the most important things we do when we represent Mayo Clinic is modeling good behaviors for our communities,” says Dr. John O’Horo, an infectious diseases specialist at Mayo Clinic. “Getting vaccinated, wearing masks, socially distancing and getting tested when appropriate have blunted the spread of COVID-19. We have come far and sacrificed a lot to get to where we are. These same things can and will continue to save lives through the last parts of the pandemic.”