Local nurse gets second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Local nurse gets second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Second doses of the historic COVID-19 vaccine are being administered right here in Chatham County.

The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine came to Georgia, specifically right here in the Costal Empire, three weeks ago. Tammi Brown, Chatham County’s Nurse Manager, was one of the first to get the shot on December 15 and Tuesday she got her second dose.

Through this pandemic she’s not only worked on the front lines, but has been personally impacted too, making her vaccination so critical.

“My dad passed on December 17 from complications with COVID, so it’s affected me personally, professionally and having this vaccine available to me is just incredible and again we strongly encourage anyone in those priority groups who are eligible to get the vaccine.”

She says she was sore for a day after the first shot, but today felt great after the second. She says public health is working around the clock to make her reality one for others in the county. It’s estimated they are more than 50 percent complete with phase 1a, but extending the eligibility has increased their work load.

Right now they are planning for the expanded enrollment to include those 65 and older.

“It should be very easy for the public to get access to appointments. We’re going to really, really work hard on focusing our efforts on getting vaccinations for COVID completed so it should be a very easy process and that information should come out before the end of the week.”

Public health leaders ask you have patience as they roll out this plan because they are seeing an increased demand of COVID testing in addition to administering two dose vaccines taxing their staff.

Health department leaders say they did receive an additional shipment of Pfizer’s vaccine Monday and expect more from Moderna.

They also have plans to submit additional orders to increase their supply.

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