Jacksonville, Fla. – With the arrival of more than 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at UF Health Jacksonville on Tuesday, 100 front-line health care workers were expected to get their first shots.
Hospital officials said the most at-risk staff for vaccination were members. Until then, more staff members will be appointed until all front-line employees are vaccinated.
Vaccination began at 7 am Tuesday and was expected to continue until noon. They will then resume on Wednesday.
“I think things are going very well this morning,” Janey Bradshaw, director of the UF Health Division, said on Tuesday. “As is being planned. We have not had any kind of reaction from vaccination. Everyone is genuinely excited to get it. “
Everyone who got the shot had to monitor it for about 15 minutes to make sure they had no reaction. He was given a pager, which can be seen in a restaurant. When it was gone, they were quickly checked out. From there, he was cleared to move out of the room.
Flight nurse Tony Hayes was excited to roll up his sleeves.
“It’s an honor that UF Health was one of five hospitals in Florida to do this. We’ve been preparing for this for quite some time. I think it’s important. It’s safe to feel that,” Hayes said Said. “I trust the people at UF Health Jacksonville, especially the physicians. They are some of the smartest people I know. I really think they have our best interests at heart.”
A physician from the UF Health Department of Surgery, Dr. Leah Neumayer also rolled up her sleeves. She sees people with COVID-19 a lot. In fact, the patients had to cancel the surgery after finishing the positive test before going under the knife. She said it was an emotional journey and saw the sad side of COVID-19.
“To help these people who are unfortunately dying in solitude. Luckily, we are getting better at treatment because we are practicing it a lot. But it is still a very fatal disease. People should be cautious, ”said Neumayer. “It is very frustrating for those who are exposing themselves, but more importantly taking care of these patients, others say it is a hoax or it is not real. I would like to spend a day with them. I can show them X-rays. “
Neumayer said that people should still continue wearing masks everywhere.
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Health care workers called the vaccine’s arrival a historic event, not only in their personal story, but in the battle to defeat the coronavirus and restore normalcy to the world.
“We are hoping as a state and as a country in a better position to fight this epidemic, we were much better yesterday,” Justin Sr., CEO of Safety Net Hospital Alliance, which includes UF Health and Ascension St. Vincent and former Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration of Florida said Monday.
Baptist Health System hopes to start vaccinating its employees next week.
According to federal officials, the administration of the vaccine will continue to falter. Once health care and front-line workers are done, residents of long-term care facilities are next and then people 65 and older.
“Between long-term care residences and those 65 and older, they account for more than 80% and 90% of fatalities are coming to the state of Florida,” the senior said. “And Florida is not alone in that.”
It has not yet been announced which demographics will qualify for the next round. Panama Pharmacy owner Drs. Kevin Duane said he believes the state of Florida is following a good vaccine delivery plan.
He said, “They have found the defense of the most vulnerable people before, and this is not for the general public.” The weakest people are those that most of us do not see. They said they are health care workers in emergency departments and ICUs around the state.
For those who doubt the vaccine’s effectiveness, Duane said those beliefs come from bad information.
“The vaccine is new in itself, but the technology behind it is not. We have been using this technology for other tests and another disease for a long time, which suggests – like the zika virus, for example, ”he said.
Because the Pfizer shot requires two rounds, the vaccinees will now get a second shot in about three weeks.
“I think the hardest thing is what all our people are doing,” said UF Health Director of Pharmacy Bernie Belgado on Tuesday. “When we see something like this, the future looks bright.”
As of Tuesday, Florida will have 100,000 doses of the vaccine for five hospitals, including UF Health Jacksonville. CVS and Valgres pharmacies in the state will also receive 60,000 doses to deliver to long-term care facilities, and the state will receive 20,000 as well as care facilities.
Following the emergency approval of that inoculation by the FDA, Ron Desantis expects to receive some 365,000 doses of the modern vaccine in the next week. In the next two months, vaccine priority will be given to health care workers, employees to long-term care facilities and residents of those facilities. In February and beyond, Dissentis said, the vaccine will become available to high-risk people and the general public.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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