EMS and paramedics to begin getting vaccinated in Collier County on Thursday

Writer: Melissa Montoya
Vaccine kits. Credit: WINK News

NCH Healthcare System has announced it will begin to vaccinate “pre-hospital workers” in Collier County on Thursday.

EMS and paramedics will be able to get the first dose of the Moderna vaccine at NCH Baker Hospital.

“These vaccinations will represent the first vaccine shots administered at NCH to our community’s emergency medical personnel with direct patient contact an at highest risk for developing COVID-19,” according to a news release.

First responders in Lee County began to get vaccinated last week ahead of the county releasing the vaccine to those 65 and over in the general public.

The Department of Health in Lee County began to offer the vaccine on Monday, and has quickly run out of doses each day this week.

The Department of Health in Collier County will offer the vaccine to the public over 65 beginning Jan. 3. It opened up appointments on Wednesday and quickly ran out of slots.

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