Local healthcare workers are first to receive vaccine as 129,000 more doses ship out across Texas.



By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Healthcare providers in Stephenville became the first on Wednesday to receive the Pfizer vaccine for Covid-19, paving the way for an end to a pandemic that has gripped the world for months.


Calling them “warriors,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a news conference on Thursday that frontline workers across the state will be the first in line to receive the vaccination.


“It was moving; it was heartwarming to see these doctors and nurses break out in tears to receive a vaccine they knew could save their lives,” Abbott said. “We cannot thank them enough for risking their lives to care for others, and that’s why they are at the front of the line.”


Texas is now battling more than 259,000 active cases of Covid-19 across the state.


UPS delivered 95,000 doses of the vaccine on Wednesday and 129,000 more doses will be delivered on Thursday, Abbott said.


Abbott said there will be an even larger distribution next week, when Moderna’s vaccine receives emergency approval, which could come as soon as today.

Gov. Greg Abbott's televised news conference on Thursday.

VACCINES BEGIN IN STEPHENVILLE


Doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers in Stephenville began receiving vaccinations on Wednesday, after Texas Health Stephenville received a limited supply.


A local healthcare worker who asked not to be named told Beneath the Surface News that receiving the vaccine was just like any other.


“I feel great,” she said. “My arm is a little sore today, but that’s it. I will get a booster in three weeks.”


Dr. Miranda Nash posted a picture of her getting the vaccine on Wednesday, saying it was the “easiest shot I’ve ever had.”


WHEN CAN I GET IT?


For those like me who can’t wait to get vaccinated, Stephenville’s health authority Dr. Kelly Doggett is continuing to urge patience.


I know people are excited, but only 66 people in Tarrant County and 232 people in Dallas County got the vaccine on Wednesday,” Dr. Doggett said.


“The vaccine has not been approved for pediatric use yet. It’s going to be a while before it’s readily available, but eventually anyone that wants one will be able to get one.”

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