Oregon vaccinates its first healthcare workers against COVID-19 on Wednesday, 2 days after the vaccine arrives

On Wednesday, five health workers at a hospital in North Portland were billed as the first people in Oregon who were injected with the new COVID-19 vaccine – to inject at least 3 million Oregonians in the upcoming six Start of large scale effort. nine months.

“3 – 2 – 1 – Go!” A spokesperson at the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center said, five medical personnel sitting in a row of seats were injected with the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine at 11:08 am.

Masked onlookers erupted amid applause and cheers.

Although livestreamed vaccination was considered the first in Oregon, St. Alphons Medical Center in Ontario was actually the first to begin vaccinating healthcare workers against COVID-19. In the first two hours of her hospital immunization clinic.

The initial shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to all 50 states occurred on Sunday from the Pfizer-Michigan plant and arrived in Oregon first on Monday morning, with Oregon becoming the 49th state in the country from where vaccination began.

When questioned by a journalist about the timing, Oregon Health Authority director Patrick Allen said the delay is not a sign of any problems in distributing or administering the vaccine. Instead, he portrayed the state’s time as “normal”.

“It’s going to rollout fast,” Allen said.

Kew Brown’s office on Wednesday coordinated the long-awaited vaccination program, stating that the state’s first healthcare workers’ vaccination is the beginning of a new chapter in the epidemic. About 17 million Americans have been infected with coronaviruses and more than 300,000 have died as scientists race to develop a vaccine in record-setting time.

“It’s really the moment we all look forward to,” Brown said.

“The delivery of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine creates a sense of hope and trust for all of us,” he said.

All in all, Allen said 4,875 doses of the vaccine have created four hospital systems in the state: Legacy, Oregon Health and Science University, St. Alphons and Kaiser Permanente.

The 4,875 dose falls short of the 35,100 dose the Oregon Health Authority previously said it expected for this week.

“This is the amount we were able to get in the federal system, and we distributed it to five hospitals that have ultra-cold storage capabilities,” he said.

Allen initially provided an incorrect number during Wednesday’s news conference about how many doses had arrived and said he expected more vaccines to arrive next week and the week after. The agency later sent a statement correcting its figures and said the state expected to receive all 35,100 doses this week.

Allen’s count does not include the vaccine that was shipped to Portland VA Medical Center, a federal facility, on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the VA Portland Health Care System, which operates the medical center, said the system received 2,925 doses. However, some supplements will be given to veterans at a nursing home in Vancouver.

By the end of the month, Allen said state hospitals and long-term care facilities would have received 228,400 doses – enough to vaccinate about 114,200 Oregonians. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the Moderna vaccine, which is expected to be approved later this week, require two doses to be fully effective.

Heritage, OHSU, St. Alphons and VA Medical Center began vaccination on Wednesday. Kaiser plans to begin on Friday.

Myra Gomez, a nurse in the intensive care unit at Legacy Emanuel, was one of the first five in her hospital to be vaccinated.

“I’m taking this vaccine for my family and also for my community,” Gomez said. “As a Hispanic nurse, it is adversely affecting people of color and I want to lead by example.”

About 96% of the more than 96,000 Oregonians known to be infected with coronovirus are Latino. Health experts say it is important to rely on the creation of this and other minority groups to access herd immunity through vaccination.

Ansu Drameh, a cardiovascular ICU nurse at OHSU, became the first woman to receive the vaccine there. He said that he wants to be a role model. He is black and an immigrant from West Africa.

“As health workers, we have to be role models for the public, for our patients, for our families,” said Drohim. One of the first things he said would be to ask his healthcare providers “Have you taken it yourself?” Your answer would be better ‘Yes, I have.’

Manjula Raghu said he volunteered to be one of the first COVID-19 vaccines to ask his manager who wanted the shot. Raghu supervises the housekeeping staff of around 200 Legacy Emanuel and Randall Children’s Hospital and said he wants to show them that the vaccine is safe.

Raghu, 65, said that she also wanted to get the vaccine as soon as possible to better protect her husband, adding that she had a heart transplant 21 years ago and is now very ill.

Raghu said, “If he is found, he will never come back.”

Oregon Health Authority director Allen said the epidemic accounted for a disastrous 9 1/2 months.

Since Oregon’s first case was diagnosed 292 days ago, Oregon has identified roughly 97,600 more and 1,262 people had died by Wednesday. As of April 1 at the University of Washington, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation is estimated to have more than quadrupled deaths in the state – about 5,100, even with “acute vaccine rollout”.

This is expected to occur until April, May or June, before most of the general population has used the vaccine.

The mood of the vaccination program on Wednesday morning at Legacy Emanuel was a seen feature of anticipation, anxiety, meditation and enjoyment.

Kelly Calais was one of five health workers who managed the historic shots for the facility.

Four syringes lie parallel to each other on the table in front of her, next to a tray with two purple-cap vials of the tray and three pink-cap vials of a liquid to dilute the vaccine.

He held a vaccine vial in his left hand and carefully extracted 0.3 ml of liquid with his right hand.

“I wanted to get it right,” Kallis said in an interview after the vaccination program.

After an hour of preparation, two dozen or so people in the room were silent in anticipation of the shots. At the end of the spokesperson’s countdown, the injection moved inside.

Callais leaped and clenched her fist in the air after the worker assigned to an emergency room nurse placed the vaccine in the upper left hand.

The nurse, Jamie Carlson, looked straight ahead, then raised her other hand and clapped at the gesture of victory.

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– Anime Green; [email protected]; @o_aimee

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