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Paramedics say receiving COVID-19 vaccine brings much needed relief

Inoculations began for them this week
Posted at 6:27 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 18:28:29-05

INDIANAPOLIS — More than 128,000 Hoosiers have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according the Indiana State Department of Health vaccine dashboard. That number now includes first responders.

On Monday, first responders received notification they were the next eligible group to get vaccinated.

As we are now more than 10 months into the pandemic, local paramedics tell WRTV getting the vaccine is bringing much needed relief. “This is happening, and I get a chance to be a part of it,” paramedic Trevor Johnson said.

Johnson received his vaccine and is also administering inoculations at Eskenazi Hospital. “I am very excited. Scientists have worked tirelessly on this vaccine try to get everything back to normal from what we’re used to. Knowing I can be a part of this groundbreaking vaccine that is going to hopefully change lives and getting back to where we need to be, I’m excited,” Johnson said.

Paramedic Kourtney Crites says because of her job, she has not been able to visit with her elderly family members which has been difficult. “I don’t really see my grandparents very much which is hard but they are elderly, so I don’t want to expose them for anything unnecessary, Crites said. “It’s been more of a challenge; it’s been difficult you can wave at them through the window but it’s not the same.”

Both Johnson and Krites are dedicated to their job and are prepared to continuing making sacrifices, but they are urging Hoosiers to also take precautions until the vaccine is available to everyone, in effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.