Coleman, Texas (December 24, 2020) – Just in time for Christmas, COVID-19 vaccines were delivered to Coleman County Medical Center to help protect its staff who continue to care for COVID patients in Coleman County.
Among the first to be vaccinated were local physicians at Coleman County Medical Center, Paul Reynolds, M.D. and Darron Atwood, M.D. They received the first of two rounds of vaccines just before Christmas Day and will receive the second round in about four weeks.
“Of the over one million people that have been vaccinated in the country so far, very few have had an adverse reaction to the vaccine, and those who have a reaction have only had mild side effects.” says Dr. Reynolds.
Some of the side effects include pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever, and generally last for no more than a few days. “The mild side effects that some people have are due to the body’s immune response and it is not because they have injected a ‘live virus’ into the body,” explained Reynolds.
“It’s a much better alternative to contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” says Dr. Atwood. “The vaccine ‘instructs’ the body how to fight the COVID-19 virus, so if you contract the virus later, your body will already have the information it needs to fight the virus,” he continued.
“Vaccination of our community is absolutely the best way for an eventual return to normal life.” says Clay Vogel, hospital administrator. “The first round is reserved for frontline health care workers and for people in nursing home care facilities,” noted Vogel, with vaccines administered to around 40 people so far, including hospital, clinic staff and first responders. We hope to deliver the vaccine to the rest of the community soon.”
As future rounds of vaccines become available, Coleman County Medical Center will let the public know who in the community will be able to get their vaccinations. Follow Coleman County Medical Center on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.