Local frontline workers receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

975 doses of the vaccine were delivered to the hospital Thursday, with plans to begin vaccination on Friday.
Published: Dec. 18, 2020 at 4:47 PM CST
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Frontline workers at Baylor Scott & White - College Station were given the opportunity to receive the first dose of the newly arrived COVID-19 vaccine.

975 doses of the vaccine were delivered to the hospital Thursday, with plans to begin vaccination on Friday.

The group receiving the vaccines is described as men and women who have been on the frontlines fighting the virus for months. Dr. Timothy Byrd, Inpatient Medicine, was the first person to receive the vaccine today. He was followed by Erika Ganauser, RN, IMCU, who was the second person to receive the vaccine.

Baylor Scott & White provided in-house photo and video of the first vaccine doses being administered. The event was closed to outside media.

There were many smiles and lots to celebrate for people working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

”I was grateful to be in that line and to get my vaccine and to get to encourage others to do it,” said Dr. Seth Sullivan, who is an Infectious Disease Specialist for Baylor Scott & White and the Brazos County Alternate Health Authority.

He and other medical staff were proudly wearing stickers they got the shot. He was in the first 15.

“It’s a sticker to represent truly an historic day and to start turning this page,” said Sullivan.

Jason Jennings, Baylor Scott & White Regional President said it’s the first step in controlling COVID-19.

”They couldn’t hold back the emotion, just broke down in tears and not tears of sadness but tears of joy as they received the CVOID-19 vaccine.

In the coming months, more Americans are expected to have access to the vaccines being created.

”We do expect some hiccups as we do this widespread, you know truly, extraordinary mass vaccination effort but I’m optimistic that we’ll get the job done and that in the coming months, not weeks we’ll have widespread vaccination,” said Sullivan.

Staff will receive a second booster shot in about three weeks.

It’s unclear when Baylor Scott & White will receive additional vaccines for more people.

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