As of Monday, many healthcare workers between Tri-State Indiana and Kentucky counties have been vaccinated since mid-December with both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Breaking down the numbers, Deaconess Health says in their Indiana facilities, there have been more than 4,000 healthcare workers vaccinated, 100 people at Deaconess Henderson, and 16 at Deaconess Union County.
Meanwhile, health officials with Baptist Health Madisonville say the vaccination of Tier 1A healthcare workers, using the 975 Pfizer vaccine doses, is nearly complete.
They say they're also currently working with local health departments to organize the vaccination of people who are considered essential personnel, such as first responders, police, and fire officials.
Dr. Wayne Lipson, Baptist Health Madisonville Chief Medical Officer, says the vaccine is only a tool in the fight against COVID-19. People should also be social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing their hands.
"Really in my lifetime this is almost like a modern miracle where you've seen a vaccine in less than one year," says Lipson. "Being able to potentially treat our healthcare providers that are on the front lines every day in this constant battle against COVID-19. So, I think it says that first and foremost we want to protect those workers that are trying to treat our family members, our community members, our neighbors."
Both vaccines require two doses; the Pfizer vaccine's second dose is 21 days after the initial shot, while the Moderna is a 28 day gap.
However, it still takes another week after that second dose to develop immunity.