Wendy Touzeau, a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at Providence Newberg Medical Center, was the first of 147 frontline caregivers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
"She shared that she was honored to be the first of many to receive the vaccine at Providence Newberg and is excited to have hope in the fight against COVID," Mike Antrim, a PNMC spokesman, said in an email.
PNMC received 825 of the more than 2,000 vials distributed to Providence facilities in the region, Antrim said, adding that will be sufficient to inoculate all frontline caregivers this week and to administer the follow-up shot three weeks later. Additional vaccines anticipated from the Oregon Health Authority will allow PNMC to inoculate all of the facility's caregivers.
Father Chris Fabre, the facility's spiritual leader, offered a blessing prior to the inocluations.
"The feeling in the room prior to opening and during the blessing was one of hope and excitement," Antrim said.
PNMC is following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control as to who receives the vaccines and in what order, Antrim said, adding that first up are caregivers who have direct contact with patients. Those patients diagnosed with the virus at PNMC are transported for treatment at two Providence facilities in Portland.
Despite receiving the vaccine, caregivers will continue to follow protocols to spurn the spread of the virus, Antrim said, adding "We will continue current PPE practices and follow CDC guidelines."
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