Health care facility administers COVID-19 vaccine to elderly and front liners

Health care facility administers COVID-19 vaccine to elderly and front liners

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The vaccine against the coronavirus is finally reaching some of the most vulnerable and those on the front lines.

The Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center has begun its rollout of the vaccine to a group hoping to be immune to the virus.

“So many have been getting it, and it’s spreading pretty fast,” said Percy Gibson of Jackson. The 79 year old misses his grandchildren and wanted to be among those patients at Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center to roll up their sleeves for the vaccine.

Patients 75 and older, staff and local physicians were administered the Moderna Vaccine.

“It’s no problem. I mean it didn’t hurt or anything,” said Gibson. “It’s a no brainer because the virus is killing people so fast now”.

Clinton dentist Dr. Shenekia Wiggins wants to encourage those who are apprehensive about taking the vaccine to do so to protect themselves and others.

“If there are no persons willing to take the challenge then we’ll be stuck in a space where we’re really not wanting to be in,” said Wiggins. “Don’t be fearful. Just take the challenge and it will help in the long run”.

The health care facility received 700 dosages of the Moderna vaccine.

“We told the young people stay at home for the elderly,” said Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center CEO Dr. Jasmin Chapman. “I’m telling the grandmas and grandpas take the vaccine for the young. So they can get back in school. They can go ahead and begin to live their life”.

According to doctors, the vaccine is 94 percent effective.

Patients who received the COVID-19 vaccine will return in about two weeks for the second dose.

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