Lester Morehead, a hospital doctor at the Queen’s Medical Center COVID-19 unit, was in Hawaii today to receive the first such new Pfizer coronovirus vaccine since it was approved for emergency use in the US last week.
“I’m honored. I want other people to get it too,” Morehead said after getting the first shot. “It’s very reasonable to be concerned, but I trust science. I believe in it and I believe it Remind that we need to end this and this is the best way we can do it. My biggest fear is that people won’t get the vaccine. “
Hawaii received its first delivery of COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, which will hopefully mark a turning point in the state’s fight against the epidemic, which has sickened nearly 20,000 people and left 274 dead.
Queen’s Medical Center received a shipment of 975 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and began vaccinating the first five front-line workers today.
Another 3,900 doses are expected to arrive on Wednesday, with about 45,000 more Pfizer vaccines expected this month. In addition, 36,000 doses of the modern vaccine are expected by the end of the year, pending approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.
Deborah Lichota, a registered nurse in the Queen’s medical intensive care unit who was one of the first to receive shots, was finally relieved to see the light at the end of a long and tiring tunnel.
“It has been very tiring and challenging on many levels because we want to save and preserve life as nurses and there have come times when we are holding our hands at the bedside of our patients when it comes to their families and theirs Loved ones should be, ”she said. “We have seen the harmful consequences of this disease. We have seen people who were once very strong, have become just a part of the person they were and we need to focus on it. “
For “unbelievers” or anti-vaccine advocates who refuse vaccination, Lichota said she wishes “they can see someone’s loss of light” when they develop serious complications of the virus.
“When a person is gasping just to say his name and we run to give him everything to be able to give him life,” she says. “There are long-term effects that are going to haunt these people forever.”