INDIANAPOLIS — Franciscan Health opened its COIVD-19 vaccine clinic for healthcare workers on Friday. More than 200 had scheduled an appointment to get their inoculation on the first day.
The hospital received 975 initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer on Thursday and about 3,000 more are expected over the next two weeks.
The people who received a vaccine on Friday were those working directly with COVID-19 patients. Many of them described the first day of vaccinations as exciting and historic, calling it a major step forward in the fight against COVID-19.
Leaders with the hospital system hope this sends a message to the community as well. “These are physicians, these are nurses, these are the respiratory therapists, these are folks who have been working on the frontlines and taking care of the sickest COVID patients and to see them be so positive and so enthusiastic really should speak volumes to others who may be questioning is this vaccine safe, should I get it or not?” said Dr. Christopher Doehring, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Franciscan Health.
Franciscan Health will be operating the vaccine clinic by appointment for healthcare workers. It will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. seven days a week.