Coronavirus: Public Health begins vaccinations for EMS, home care workers

Dayton area EMS and home care workers got an early present on Christmas Eve as Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County continued to administer coronavirus vaccinations.

Public Health held a vaccination clinic for EMS and home care workers at the Dayton Convention Center Christmas Eve morning.

Dr. Randy Marriott, medical director for the Dayton Fire Department and Dayton Metropolitan Medical Response System, was among those who were vaccinated Christmas Eve morning.

“I couldn’t count the hours quickly enough to get down here to be able to do this,” he said. “It’s an opportunity I did not think we’d have for many more months.”

Marriot said he didn’t have any hesitation about getting vaccinated, saying coronavirus has been around for too long.

“I think this is the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “This is the beginning of the end.”

Dr. James E. Brown, associate medical director for the Dayton Fire Department and Dayton MMRS, also aid that he was excited to get vaccinated.

“It’s vital that we all become immunized so that we can all get on the other side of this thing,” he said. “I really do feel it’s safe. I do feel it’s effective. It’s going to make a big difference and I’ve been anxiously awaiting my turn.”

Public Health received 3,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine on Tuesday and began vaccinating first responders and health care workers this week. Both the Morderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses. Ohio is expected to start administering second doses in mid-January.

As of Wednesday, 184 coronavirus vaccinations had been reported in Montgomery County, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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