Over 30 frontline healthcare workers received their first doses of the Moderna vaccine at the Deaconess Henderson Hospital Wednesday, Dec. 23rd.
Six of these healthcare heroes include those who work in the emergency department, women’s services, the laboratory and Medical Surgical Unit.
While a nurse and physician also rolled up their sleeves.
"I have also seen both ends where patients come in with Covid-19 and seen the progression of Covid-19,” said Casey Goldsberry, who works in the emergency department. “And I want to do whatever I can to help prevent the spread of this virus."
These vaccinations are taking place just one week after six hundred healthcare workers started getting their first doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the Gateway Campus in Newburgh.
Both vaccines require two doses -- the Pfizer vaccine is taken on the first and twenty first day while the Moderna vaccine is taken on the first and twenty eighth day.
But these frontline healthcare workers aren’t off the hook just yet -- they won’t be immunized until seven days after their second dose.
"That is why we need to continue to wear a mask keep social distancing and good hand hygiene,” said Linda White, Methodist Health CEO. “Because we aren't immunized yet and I think there will be a false assumption from some people -- "I have the vaccine -- "So I'm ok."
For now, frontline workers who got their first dose of the Moderna vaccine Wednesday day they feel a sense of hope about the future after such a dim year.
"It's part of the swiss cheese model of getting through this -- masks and gloves and hand washing,” said Josh Kitchens, MD, Family Medicine. “There's always holes in that swiss cheese, but if you stack enough pieces of swiss cheese together -- you can start closing up those holes. And I think this final slice will be the vaccine."