Vaccination update at UAB

Learning more about the vaccine

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Vaccinations are continuing at UAB and 6,000 vaccinations have been given to healthcare workers, so far.

Today, a UAB doctor said the vaccinations are going well but there is still a lot that has to be learned about fighting the infectious disease.

Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo like most doctors is thrilled vaccinations are underway, but she admitted nationally there are problems with the supply chain of the vaccine. She also added that the process giving it out is going slower than what they hoped to see at this point.

Dr. Marrazzo said the hospital has received a good response rate. She said there were some cancellations last week due to the holidays. They received 10,000 doses from Pfizer. Five thousand will be for UAB healthcare workers and surrounding hospitals. There is hope very soon the hospital will get a shipment from Moderna. Marrazzo said the two doses of the vaccine should protect you against getting the disease, but there is a chance you can still get infected between doses which is why you still have to be careful.

“We had healthcare workers who got vaccinated then they gotten sick a few days later. So, what do you do with those? Do you tell those folks to come back in three weeks or four weeks to get vaccinated? Or do we have them wait a little longer? That is something we are literally figuring out in real world time,” Marrazzo said.

Dr. Marrazzo said there is some hesitancy to take the vaccine and that is something they will have to address. She also said getting the first shot does not mean you can stop wearing a mask or social distance.

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