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COVID Vaccine arrives to Jackson Madison County Health Department

Registered nurses and physicians administered the COVID-19 Vaccine at the Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department. One recipient told me this vaccine provides a sense of hope for the future.

Wayne Arnold, madison county’s regional hospital coordinator, knows this is just the beginning of what is to come of the new vaccine. However, he is optimistic about the possibility of slowing the spread.

“That’s what I’m hopeful for, that sometime in the near future that we’ll be able to slow this down,” said Arnold.

Since the coronavirus made its debut, local health officials have seen large numbers of cases. recent reports show there are nearly 8,000 confirmed cases in the area.

The vaccine is not available to the public just yet. Only healthcare workers and first responders were eligible. more candidates who met the criteria say they are happy it is available.

Wheatley Graham-Attendant at JMCRH

“I’m glad I was able to take it.”

Ronnie Hatch-Attendant at JMCRH

“I’m so glad it got started faster than I thought it would.”

Kim Tedford the Health Department’s Regional Director, administered a few of those vaccines herself.

“I am so excited I can’t stand it,” said Tedford.

The registered nurse was witnessed giving two vaccines including one to Arnold.

According to Tedford, even with the new vaccine, flattening the curve is still a ways ahead, as deaths and cases continue to increase.

“Right now, our curve is not flattened at all. So we’re not there yet, but this vaccine is our hope to get there,” said Tedford.

Early this morning, the health department received 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine. those who receive the first round of these vaccinations will get a second dose in 28 days.

Within the next few weeks, the health department will receive another round of doses. So far, no side effects have been reported in the area.

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