Owensboro Well being distributed its first COVID-19 vaccine Thursday morning.
OH acquired its first spherical of Moderna vaccines Wednesday evening. It acquired 4,000 doses, in line with Advertising Coordinator Brian Hamby.
The primary OH well being care employee to obtain a vaccine Thursday morning was Dr. Cletus Oppong, who makes a speciality of occupational medication.
Oppong mentioned it was an thrilling day. He mentioned he hopes getting the vaccine will encourage others in the neighborhood to do the identical.
“I sort of noticed it as a technique to let individuals understand it’s protected to obtain it and they need to get excited and all get in line as quickly because it’s made accessible to them,” he mentioned. “I’m excited for it to be within the space for the residents of the group … so we will all sort of recover from this complete yr.”
Hamby mentioned OH is anticipating weekly shipments sooner or later, as per the Kentucky Division of Public Well being.
“We predict weekly shipments going ahead and beginning subsequent week, we anticipate to get extra,” he mentioned. “I’m positive that may differ, however we do anticipate extra subsequent week.”
Hamby mentioned it’s OH’s hope that the vaccine will assist start to show across the pandemic.
“We’re hoping that is the instrument that may assist us begin turning the tide and have a a lot completely different 2021 … Owensboro Well being is honored to be in that management position on this group and on this area,” he mentioned.
Hamby mentioned OH was in a position to vaccinate 350 healthcare employees all through Thursday.
He mentioned the method of getting ready the vaccine has taken the hassle of many various departments and OH is glad to lastly see the fruits of that labor.
“We’re overjoyed … we’ve got been getting ready for this present day for a number of months now,” he mentioned. “We’ve been anticipating this present day for some time, we didn’t know when it will come, however we’re grateful to lastly get right here, to lastly have this useful resource and this instrument to simply battle this pandemic.”
Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson learn a proclamation Thursday morning at OH devoted to well being care employees and first responders, declaring Dec. 1, 2020 “Healthcare Professionals and First Responders Day.”
Watson mentioned after having labored in well being take care of practically 5 a long time and household who additionally work within the subject, he understands how attempting the job might be, particularly now throughout a worldwide pandemic.
“Folks don’t actually perceive the stress and pressure that 2020’s been and I assumed it will simply be a pleasant factor to acknowledge them,” he mentioned. “After some time, everyone goes numb to what’s occurring and also you begin taking stuff with no consideration and I needed to sort of convey this again into individuals’s ideas.”
Watson mentioned that though the method to lastly obtain the vaccine was a protracted one, it serves as a miracle for the group, particularly this time of yr.
“It was sort of a protracted, drawn out course of, however they’re working themselves to demise right here on the hospital getting everyone in,” he mentioned. “It’s that little spark of hope … We’ve fought by way of it this lengthy and now we’re going to get a vaccine and perhaps the tide is popping.”
In an announcement from OH, Dr. Michael Muzoora who makes a speciality of pulmonology, mentioned he believes the vaccine is what is required to show the pandemic round.
“I’ve been concerned in treating coronavirus proper from the outbreak … The impact has been fairly profound from the lack of life, to households, to pressure on the well being care system, to the well being care employees,” he mentioned. “I do strongly consider that the way in which we are going to finally get a hand over this pandemic goes to be by way of vaccination.”