Southeast Health begins administering second dose of Pfizer vaccine
Three weeks have passed since the first round of vaccine distribution, the second dose is now due for the first set of healthcare workers who received it.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -It’s been exactly 21 days since the first does of the Pfizer vaccine was administered at Southeast Health. Several healthcare workers are finding themselves in the same seat as it is time to get their second dose of the vaccine this week.
“I am also in the clinics testing others and I’ve seen just the cruelty of this virus, so to be able to do that and feel that I can be there and take care of those patients and not worry that I myself might become sick where I can’t provide that care,” Wyndi Thompson, DNP, Director of Outcomes for Southeast Health and the Medical Director of Employee Health, said.
Southeast Health administered 1,375 Pfizer vaccines during the first round.
“We are hoping to kick off more vaccinations for first round people as the state allows and we get supply,” Thompson said.
The hospital has two more first round days coming up, January 14th and 15th. 200 employees are already scheduled to get their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine then.
“As contagious as this virus is, you’re either going to get covid or you’re going to get the vaccination, that’s sort of where we are,” Thompson said. “The vaccination is very safe, studies have been done, science is amazing, many of the properties of this vaccination have been studied for years to cure other pandemics.”
Since Southeast Health began vaccinating, they’ve had no reported issues. On Tuesday no major reactions were reported, just a few muscle aches and headaches, but nothing to keep people out of work.
“We should follow our state mandate, which is as long as they are requesting for social distancing and masks we definitely should follow our state guidelines first of all,” Thompson said. “Second of all, even after your second vaccination they are saying between seven and nine days is whenever you reach the maximum immunization which is about 94 to 96 percent I believe with the Pfizer vaccination.”
As of Tuesday, Jan. 5, the hospital is caring for 106 COVID-19 patients, down from Monday’s record of 113 patients.
Southeast Health will continue to administer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine tomorrow.
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