Published on January 01, 2021

Ozarks Healthcare completes First Round of COVID-19 Vaccinations to Frontline Workers

Just before the start of a new year, Ozarks Healthcare completed its first round of administrations of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to frontline healthcare workers. Ozarks Healthcare employees who volunteered to receive the vaccine included physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, environmental services staff, and others.

“We are proud to have administered our first 400 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before the beginning of 2021,” Tom Keller, Ozarks Healthcare President and CEO, said. “While we realize this is only a step in our battle against this virus, we believe this vaccine is another tool that can help us care for the needs of our community as we look toward a new year.”

Several Ozarks Healthcare coworkers took to social media to publicly share their reasons for vaccinating as a part of the organization’s #ShareYourWhy campaign. Brandi Erasmus, RN at Ozarks Healthcare, said her family, friends, and community were her “whys” behind her decision to receive the vaccine.

“I can only do so much to help in this pandemic, but I can do this,” Erasmus said.

While government regulations are still in place for vaccine administration, Ozarks Healthcare was able to provide some of its doses to other emergency and healthcare personnel outside of its immediate community, including over 40 employees at Texas County Memorial Hospital, South Howell County Ambulance (Ozarks Healthcare’s primary field EMS service) emergency technicians, Ozarks Family Care employees, Burton Creek Rural Clinic employees, and other organizations who provide health services in southern Missouri.

Vaccine recipients extended beyond the medical system’s base in West Plains. Recipients included frontline workers from Willow Springs, Cabool, Alton, Thayer, Mountain View, Mountain Grove, Caulfield, Tecumseh, Alton, Eminence, Myrtle, Brandsville, Birch Tree, Pottersville, Vanzant, Rogersville, Springfield, Drury and Branson. 

Once regulations change, Ozarks Healthcare will be permitted to administer the vaccine in additional phases as dictated by the state of Missouri. Once Ozarks Healthcare is permitted to open vaccinations to the public, more information will be provided.

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Ozarks Healthcare is a system of care encompassing eight primary care and 17 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home health services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire health system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about Ozarks Healthcare, visit

Brandi Erasmus, RN

Brandi Erasmus, RN at Ozarks Healthcare, receives her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination and proudly displays her “whys” for choosing to be vaccinated. 

COVID-19 Vaccines

Alexandra Malisheski, RN, BSN, OCN, and Director of Ozarks Healthcare’s Oncology Services, administers a COVID-19 vaccination to a coworker. 

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