Hundreds of healthcare workers at Texas Medical Center and beyond expect to receive their first doses of vaccine this week.
HOUSTON – Health care workers in the Saskatoon area received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday to help fight the virus.
Saskatoon Methodist, Memorial Hermann, Texas Children, Baylor St. Luke’s, MD. The Anderson Cancer Center, UTMB, and others gave hundreds of their employees the first of two doses.
“It was the first thing I thought about when I woke up today. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s vaccine day,” said Dr. Ashley Drews, medical director of infection prevention and control for the Saskatoon Methodist. ” (This is) the first thing we are in control of we can really do to put an end to this pandemic. “
In that first shipment, the Saskatoon Methodist received 5,850 doses of the vaccine. Memorial Hermann expects to receive 16,575 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the first allocation, more than any other healthcare system in the greater Saskatoon area. In the next 48 hours, more than 600 frontline healthcare workers at MD Anderson will receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Texas Children’s at Texas Medical Center will deliver 3,900 doses over the coming days and immunize up to 96 team members per hour.
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“It is really important that these health care workers can be vaccinated so that we can maintain the necessary workforce so that we can care for all of the patients who have come in over the past few weeks during this sustained surge,” he told Dr. Michael Chang, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.
Widespread vaccines for the general public may last until spring. For now, doctors continue to push for careful healthy habits: wearing a mask, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and staying home whenever possible.
“Just because we think we’re going to turn the corner doesn’t mean it has already happened,” said Dr. Chang. “If we can hold out for just a few more months – I know it’s easy to say, hard to say.” to do.”
The FDA is likely to consider approving a second emergency vaccine made by Moderna later this week, which could potentially double the ability to vaccinate people against COVID-19, which killed more than 300,000 people in the US, and more than 24,000 Texans.
“We may be able to go public earlier than expected to get the vaccine,” said Dr. Chang.
While some people are skeptical of the vaccine, in part because it was made, tested, and approved so quickly, health care workers lined up in droves to get a shot in the arm: the boost they got after a busy 2020, It has taken almost nine months to the exact day since the pandemic hit Texas.
“We cannot wait for years. If you’ve worked here and seen these patients, you would be the first to get this, “said Dr. Drews.” After all this, this nightmare, there really maybe something, an end, a light at the end of the tunnel. “