Wednesday, 16 December 2020 19:09

Vaccinations Underway for Texas’ Front Line Health Care Workers

Written by Aria Jones and Karen Brooks Harper, The Texas Tribune


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First, a pinch in the arm.

Then, a sense of relief---and at the same time disbelief---washed over Chad Bush, a North Texas health care worker.


Bush, a CT technologist, said he was the fourth person at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and among the first people in Texas to get the coronavirus vaccine on Dec. 14.


“God, it's just, I can't believe this is happening,” he said in an interview with The Texas Tribune. “And I mean, there's a sense of relief for myself, but a sense of relief knowing that I'm doing what I can as a health care worker to protect other people from this disease as well.”


The Dallas facility received 5,850 doses delivered by UPS trucks around 8 a.m. Dec. 14. It was among four Texas sites that have so far received a total of 19,500 doses of the vaccine in the first phase of a rollout that will put a quarter-million doses into 110 Texas facilities this week---with more on the way next week, said Chris Van Deusen, spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services.


Texas has 1.4 million doses allocated through the end of the year.


Bush works every day with hospital patients who have or could have COVID-19. When he goes home, he takes care of his elderly mother who lives with him. Bush is diabetic and has high blood pressure, and his mother has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, meaning they’re both at high risk for complications from the virus.


Bush is scheduled for his second dose of the vaccine, which is necessary to strengthen its effectiveness and extend the inoculation past a few months, on Jan. 4.


“I cannot explain---the amount of stress that has been lifted off me having this today is enormous,” Bush said. “I fully expected it not to happen today. I just thought there'd be some logistical issues...

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