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Ochsner Baton Rouge gets its first doses of COVID vaccine Tuesday

4 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Tuesday, December 15 2020 Dec 15, 2020 December 15, 2020 7:01 PM December 15, 2020 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Ochsner Baton Rouge received a shipment of 975 doses of Pfizer's COVID vaccine from its New Orleans counterpart Tuesday.

Ochsner personnel will use it to inoculate its physicians and hospital workers. It marks the first COVID vaccinations administered in East Baton Rouge Parish.

On Monday, hospital workers in Ochsner New Orleans were the first in the state to be vaccinated.

Their Baton Rouge colleagues are eager to follow in their footsteps.

"I'm excited to get the vaccine... I want to step out and let people know I feel it's safe," Dr. Brandon Weeks of Ochsner Baton Rouge told WBRZ during a recent interview. "Yeah, I'm looking forward to this, want to get back to normal as soon as we can. It's going to be a long process, it's just beginning."

Novel coronavirus has not only upset daily life for thousands of locals, but infected over 260,000 Louisianians and taken the lives of 6,845.

In view of these frightening statistics, many citizens echo Dr. Weeks' sentiments and hope to see a return to normal life as soon as possible.

Now that Pfizer's COVID-fighting vaccine has made its way to Louisiana, it appears that the end of one of the worst public health catastrophes to date may be in sight.

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