LIMA — Hundreds of healthcare workers received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine Saturday at Apollo Career Center.
Leslie Klaus, a medical assistant, was not concerned about getting the shot that’s 94% effective against COVID-19.
“I want to help stop the spread and try to get the world back to normal or whatever our normal will be,” Klaus said.
Likewise, Bluffton EMS Emergency Medical Technician, Nichole Mikesell, was there to get her first dose as well.
“I’m getting the vaccine to protect myself. We’re exposed to a lot of different things and I think anything that can build up my immune system and protect myself and my family is a good thing,” Mikesell said.
Mikesell says she’s seen more people with COVID-19 symptoms.
“There has definitely been a significant increase in the calls,” she said.
In many cases, by the time they get the call to transport a patient to the hospital, it’s almost too late. “If you notice signs don’t wait until it’s too late that you need to call an ambulance,” Mikesell said.
Brandon Fischer, an emergency planner with Allen County Public Health, helped organize the mass vaccination.
“We’ve been doing visits to different healthcare provider offices but today with the transport, stuff that goes along with the vaccine and the rules that are around that, we felt it best to make a large clinic for our healthcare providers to come out to us to get their shot,” Fischer said.
Those who received the vaccine Saturday will have to return in 28 days and get a second shot.
He’s not concerned with President-Elect Joe Biden’s plans to release as much of the vaccine as possible now rather than hold some back for a second dosage.
“It is our understanding that the vaccine will be shipped out to us 28 days after we received that first dose. My hope is that it will be available and we have enough doses to get it out to people,” Fischer said.
The people who do receive their first vaccination for COVID-19 can expect some protection but still need a second shot.
“There’s some protection with it (one dose). It is important to have those two doses available,” Fischer said.
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