DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — DuPage Medical Group (DMG), the largest independent, multi-specialty physician group in Illinois, has received its initial supply of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and plans to administer its first dose on Thursday, December 17.
DMG will administer the vaccine to its frontline healthcare workers who are at the highest risk of exposure to COVID-19, including those who currently work in COVID-19 patient care units, have direct contact with COVID-19 patients, as well as those who will be administering the vaccine.
“This is a historic moment that will change the course of this pandemic,” said Donna Cooper, DMG Chief Operating Officer. “After months of preparation and collaboration with other local healthcare providers, state leaders and the DuPage County Health Department, we’ve finally reached this important and exciting milestone in our fight against COVID-19. While there will still be many challenging days ahead, this signifies that hope is on the horizon for 2021.”
Following CDC guidance for vaccine prioritization, DMG has plans in place to safely vaccinate its physicians, associates and patients once additional supply becomes available.
“Vaccinating our care teams will ensure we’re able to continue to provide the care our patients and communities have come to rely on during this pandemic,” said Dr. Mia Taormina, infectious disease physician, chair of the infectious disease department at DMG. “As an infectious disease physician, I’m highly confident in the process that this vaccine went through to ensure it is safe and effective. We, as healthcare providers, intend to lead by example in receiving the vaccine as soon as we are able to reassure everyone that it is safe and effective.”
In August, DMG proactively purchased the ultra-cold freezers necessary to safely and securely store the Pfizer vaccine. As a result, DMG will be storing 100 percent of DuPage County’s first shipment of vaccines. The DuPage County Health Department will then be transporting the vaccines to hospitals and healthcare systems in DuPage County.
“Our partnership with DuPage Medical Group is a reflection of the way we conduct business in DuPage County. We are dedicated to collaborating with local partners to ensure that we meet the needs of our residents in the most effective manner possible. Having the support of DuPage Medical Group in the initial stages of vaccine distribution has been a lifeline that we greatly appreciate,” commented Karen Ayala, Executive Director of the DuPage County Health Department.
“We’re proud to be at the forefront of the COVID-19 response in the communities we serve,” said Donald Hoscheit, MD, DMG Chief Medical Officer. “As we continue our focus on the health and safety of our communities, we’ve been working tirelessly to ensure we’re prepared to safely and securely store the vaccine and distribute it to our communities.”
For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine and its availability, visit www.dulyhealthandcare.com/covid. DMG patients are encouraged to set up a MyDMG Health/MyChart account, as it will be a requirement for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. DMG will also share important updates on the COVID-19 vaccine with patients through text or email.
About DuPage Medical Group
DuPage Medical Group (DMG) is the largest independent, multi-specialty physician group in Illinois with more than 750 primary care and specialty care physicians in over 100 suburban Chicago locations. For 20 years, DMG has focused on making healthcare better for its patients and communities by offering high quality, compassionate healthcare. As a physician-led organization, DMG’s physicians work together – utilizing leading-edge technology and innovative treatment options – to ensure that each patient receives accessible and efficient healthcare. For more information, visit www.dulyhealthandcare.com.