Madisonville is one of the first cities in our tristate to receive the covid-19 Pfizer vaccine, and on Wednesday, the first 10 frontline health care workers in Madisonville received the first covid-19 vaccinations in their city.
The first people to receive the vaccine include a physician, a nurse, and an EMS crew member from Baptist Health Madisonville.
The hospital received the first batch of the vaccine early in the morning on Tuesday, and by Wednesday, they were ready to roll out the vaccines.
44News spoke with a doctor at Baptist Health, who was one of the first ten to get vaccinated, and he talked about what he hopes this vaccine will bring to his hospital and his city.
“We have patients in the ICU that feel like you can be able to do something, but at the end of the day, you try all that you can, but you can not save them," said Dr. Anthony Echendu of Baptist Health Madisonville. "There are families that expect so much from you, but at the same time, you can only do so much, so I think this is a step in the right direction.”
The vaccine coming to a county that’s been hit hard by the virus. Almost 2300 total covid cases in Hopkins County, and the virus responsible for nearly 100 deaths in the area, as well.
Baptist Health was one of 11 hospitals in the Commonwealth to receive the initial batch of the Pfizer vaccine.
Some of the other hospitals across the bluegrass to receive the vaccine yesterday were Norton Hospital in Louisville, UK Chandler Hospital in Lexington, and two other Baptist Health hospitals across the Bluegrass.
The CFO of Baptist Health Madisonville said the more than 900 remaining doses of the vaccine will be administered over the next few weeks to other frontline healthcare workers at Baptist Health and at nursing homes and longterm care facilities in Hopkins County.