Dougherty EMS one of the first to receive COVID-19 vaccine after difficult year

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(ALBANY, GA) – While doctors and nurses across the area are getting their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, another group in Dougherty County were among the first recipients: the county’s EMTs.

“We are out in the field with patients who have COVID-19, and we’re transporting them in. And for the hospital to stop with their vaccination going on with the staff to allow our staff to come in, I can’t say thank you enough,” ays Dougherty EMS Director, Sam Allen.

In what’s been a difficult year for EMS as they try to avoid contracting COVID-19 in the field, the first doses of the vaccine may be a turning point.

Especially in a county that’s had high case numbers several times since the spring.

Allen tells us, “Even though we’re going up in the numbers, we know that by getting the vaccine, it’s going to help us protect ourselves, and be able to do our job to the best of our ability and not take it home to our families.

At this time, around 1/3rd of Dougherty County’s EMTs have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. And Allen is happy to take it if it helps to quell any doubts about it for people in the county.”

He says, “I want to ensure the staff that I’m comfortable with it, i’m good with it, and I want them to feel safe with it. Let’s move forward, let’s get vaccinated, and let’s take care of our jobs so we can take care of the sick and injured.”

Allen says that they’re receiving their second dose of the vaccine in just over two weeks.