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Hospital staff given first vaccine doses


December 23, 2020

DR. WILLIAM BARRISH, medical director at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, gets the first of two doses of Pfizer COVID vaccine Monday afternoon, Dec. 21. Nurse Stacy Looney, right, helped administer 61 doses to hospital staff.

Samaritan Health officially began administering the COVID-19 vaccine to medical workers on Friday, Dec. 18, after much anticipation.

The Pfizer vaccine is the first to roll out, though there are six different vaccine candidates in various stages of the approval process, according to the national institute of health.

Adam Brady, an infectious disease doctor at Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, said he wants to assuage fears related to the vaccine through education. Although the vaccines being rolled out are the fastest developed in history, he said that's because of new technology, significan...

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