SAN LOUIS OBISPO – Alec Flatos, San Luis Obispo County Fire and EMS Engineer, was the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from the San Luis Obispo County Health Department.
The shot was fired at 1:13. Friday, December 18 at a Sloan County Health Department press event aired live on YouTube. The district received its first round of testing – 1,950 doses of the Pfizer vaccine – on Tuesday.
Flatos was one of five people who received the vaccine on Friday – Marla Howard, haemodialysis nurse for SLO’s DaVita Kidney Care and resident of Morro Bay; Dr. Matthew Williams, emergency physician at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center and resident of SLO;
Jennifer O’Connor, Emergency Nurse of the Centre médical hospitalier français and OLS resident; and Dr. Daisy Ilano, Medical Director of the OLS County Behavioural Health Department and OLS resident.
Is this an exciting time or what? It’s for me, said Dr. Penny Borenstein, SLO County Health Inspector. We think it’s a very safe and effective vaccine.
Borenstein reminded people to keep doing their part – wearing a mask and keeping a social distance – while the virus continues to spread. I beg people for the hundredth, thousandth or ten thousandth time to use all the mechanisms that are well understood to prevent the spread of the disease.
Flatos talked about the importance of getting vaccinated.
On the advice of personal friends who are doctors and nurses, I have decided to absolutely support this initiative, because it is the right way for all of us to move forward, to be safe in our communities, said Mr. Flatos. With this vaccine I can better protect not only our community, but also my family and loved ones.
Flatos was looking forward to the others doing the same.
This is clearly the right thing to do for all of us in the EMT world, and I look forward to being the first firefighter in the province to receive the vaccine, he added. And I look forward to us all doing the same thing. So we can move on.
Dr. Williams said he was grateful he got the vaccine.
I want to set a good example to the community and show all of you that those of us in the front line and in the health field are fully supportive of this vaccine, he said. We all strongly believe in its safety and effectiveness, but also in its value.
As an emergency doctor, Williams saw that the pandemic was caused by a pandemic and stated that the vaccine was coming at a critical moment.
With the surge in cases and hospitals returning to full capacity, this vaccine could not have come at a more critical time, Williams said. I hope that many of you, if not all of you, will soon have the opportunity to get vaccinated and do your bit to stop this terrible pandemic.
Dr. Penny Borenstein, SLO County Health Officer, stated that health care providers will receive the vaccine first, starting Monday, 21. In December, the county only applied for Invitation Vaccinations.
There are two distribution stages. Phase 1 includes those most at risk, such as. B. Hospital staff, emergency medical service personnel, qualified nurses (staff and residents), dialysis centres, other essential workers, and anyone with a high-risk illness or over 65 years of age.
On Thursday, the province received permission to start distributing the vaccine to its hospital partners.
All of our provincial hospitals received the vaccine yesterday and started immunizing their medical staff, Borenstein said. The district expects to receive 4,000 doses of the recently approved Moderna emergency vaccine next week, which does not require ultra-cold storage temperatures.
As the supply increases, more residents of SLO County will be able to get the vaccine later in 2021. There’s no waiting list for the vaccine. Instead, the province will inform the public when vaccines are available for different risk groups and the general population.
During the press event, OLS County Public Health reported 191 new cases of VIDOC-19 and three deaths.
The three COVID-19 deaths reported on Friday were all due to underlying medical conditions prone to serious illness. A man was 80, another 90 and another 100.
There were 1,686 active COVID-19 cases, including 35 patients in intensive care, eight in intensive care and 1,651 recovering patients at home.
Fifty-nine people died of VIDOC-19 during the pandemic. It was day four with at least two deaths and more than 179 new cases. Twenty-one people in SLO County died of the coronavirus in December.
Most people in SLO County have recovered, 6,706 people.
As of Friday there were 87 new cases of COVID-19 in the North County – 47 in Paso Robles (1,983), 19 in Atascadero (776), nine in Templeton (267), six in San Miguel (259), three in Santa Margarita (68), two in Shandon (78) and one in Creston (39).
For more information, please visit www.ReadySLO.org or call the Registered Healthcare Information Line at 805-788-2903. A staffed call centre at 805-543-2444 is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19.
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