DCH administered its first COVID-19 vaccine

First vaccinations administered at DCH

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - DCH administered its first round of COVID-19 vaccines Thursday to healthcare workers in Tuscaloosa.

DCH Regional Medical Center has received nearly 3,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Lynn Morrison gave emergency room doctor Blake Lovely the first coronavirus vaccination shot. She called it a great day in Tuscaloosa in protecting front line health workers and first responders from the virus.

“This is a great opportunity for us as a facility to offer a great thing to our community, our first responders. So I was very excited to inject Doctor Lovely with the first vaccine,” Morrison said.

Nearly a 100 people, doctors, nurses, EMS personnel and other first responders, were scheduled to get vaccinated Thursday. 27 people got vaccination shots at the DCH employee health clinic. 63 more people were set for vaccinations in DCH’s remote testing facility.

Dr. Lovely said he believes the vaccinations will keep them healthy and better able to care for others with coronavirus.

“The big questions are is it safe and is it effective. And the answers to those questions are yes it is safe and yes its effective. And we have a virus that still with all our treatments has a 1.8% case fatality rate here in the United States. And we have a shot that can let me opt out of ever getting the virus. So I think it’s an easy decision,” Dr. Lovely said.

At least 700 people have signed up so far to get vaccinated through DCH.

The vaccination is completely voluntarily.

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