First dose of vaccine administered in Calhoun County

Memorial Medical Center Chief of Staff Dr. Richard Arroyo-Diaz gives a thumb’s up as he is given the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination by Diane Atkinson Wednesday afternoon in the hospital’s community room. Dr. Arroyo-Diaz said it is important for people to get the vaccine to begin to. “This is the beginning of the end of a long, painful pandemic in which we lost too many people,” he said. “This is a hopeful and joyful occasion,” he said of the vaccine’s arrival. The hospital receive 300 doses of the vaccine, which will be used for healthcare and frontline providers such as physicians and nurse practitioners, those in ICU or the emergency room and med/surgery as well as EMS, home health providers and pool nurses, according to Erin Clevenger, chief nursing officer for MMC. The vaccine had to thaw for an hour before being given to the doctors and nurses. (DD Turner/wave photo)