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Christus Jasper Memorial gives first COVID vaccinations


Staff at Christus of Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial Hospital got an early jump on administering the first of its recently arrived shipment of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Emergency room Dr. Nicolas Ellis was the first to roll up his sleeve for infection control nurse Robin Gail Wooten shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Thirteen more staff members followed throughout the day, and Wooten said any leftovers of the first two vials, which were thawed out prior to administration and would be good for 6 hours, would be given to additional staff requesting a vaccination or family of staff.

“We’re not going to waste any of it,” Wooten said.

Those receiving the first shots will get the second round of the Moderna vaccine 28 days later.

As the Jasper hospital does not have the refrigeration required for the Pfizer vaccine, the Christus hospital system equipped them with the Moderna vaccine, with the full shipmennt being housed under lock and key in the hospital pharmacy.

Following Ellis’ vaccination, staff gathered in the doorway of the vaccination room, bowing their heads as the Rev. Rick Roach offered a blessing of the vaccine vials before additional staff trickled in to receive their first-round shots.

Following healthcare workers and nursing home residents, vaccinations will open to others, including first responders and those over 65.

The hospital has already received numerous calls inquiring about the availability of vaccinations to the public, according to public relations specialist Nikela Pradier.

kbrent@beaumontenterprise.com



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