First COVID vaccines given in Kalamazoo

The first doses of a new COVID vaccine were given to health care workers in Kalamazoo on Thursday.

Bronson Methodist Hospital got an important shipment Thursday – nearly 2,000 doses of the first COVID-19 vaccine. Kalamazoo’s other hospital, Ascension Borgess, also got a shipment – nearly 1,000 doses.

Shortly afterward, medical staff at both hospitals became the first to receive their initial doses of the vaccine.

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“I can show my patients, ‘Hey, I got it and I’m okay’” said Jill Ulberg, a nurse on the COVID-19 floor at Bronson. “I know there’s a lot of noise about it, but patients seeing that we’re getting it shows we trust it. We can back science.”

She told MLive that her time as a frontline worker in the fight against the coronavirus has been frightening. That’s why she jumped at the chance to be among the first recipients.

As of Thursday, 3,900 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine have been delivered to sites in Kalamazoo County, according to the state’s Vaccine Dashboard. In total, more than 58,000 doses have been distributed throughout the state.

That’s a drop in the bucket compared to the sheer number of vaccines that will need to be administered to inoculate the population, but it’s a start. Recipients must receive two doses of the vaccine three to four weeks apart to be fully immunized.

You can read the full story on MLive.

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