The reason why rescue squad won’t give COVID vaccine to members all at once

WWNY The reason why rescue squad won’t give COVID vaccine to members all at once

CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWNY) - The rush is on to get healthcare workers vaccinated. The governor has even threatened to fine hospitals that don’t do it fast enough.

On Tuesday, we learned of one reason why everyone is not jumping in line all at once to get the vaccine.

At Carthage Area Rescue Squad, Chief of Operations Amanda Henry says her team will be vaccinated, but not at the same time.

Instead, the shots will be staggered on different days and different weeks. The idea is to avoid losing a large chunk of the crew in case of any of them have a bad reaction to the vaccine.

Henry says a quarter of rescue squad members have gotten the shot so far.

She’ll get hers on Friday and stresses the importance for all healthcare works to get in line.

“Maybe I contract COVID and I don’t become deathly ill, but who’s to say one of my family members won’t. You can’t just think about yourself in this moment. You gotta think about your family, the community, and your neighbors,” she said.

Henry says the goal is to get 75 percent of the rescue squad vaccinated by the end of February.

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