It was good news that members of the Rome Memorial Hospital staff and administration began receiving their first doses of COVID-19 vaccinations last Wednesday, an early Christmas present in the continuing effort to overcome the COVID-19 virus.
COVID, which barely existed this time last year, is currently the nation’s leading cause of death and will remain so for some weeks to come, when, hopefully, enough high-risk people will have been vaccinated. But even if the death toll starts to decline, this is still a hugely communicable virus that makes some people very ill, with what could be lifelong complications for survivors.
The hospital received a shipment of the Moderna vaccination late Tuesday with vaccinations beginning bright and early Wednesday morning and continuing throughout the day for healthcare workers and staff who interact most closely with patients.
According to hospital officials, it is hoped that the initial allocation of 400 doses by Moderna will be completed for those who have primary interaction with patients. A second dose will be given in four weeks, said Emma Ingalls, director of infection prevention at the hospital.
This is a great step in our battle against the pandemic.