WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Fort Drum has secured its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines and is now administering them.
This week, healthcare workers, first responders and leaders of the 10th Mountain Division and Garrison Command Team got their first dose.
The very first person in line was Mary Paul, a nurse assigned to the Bowe COVID-19 treatment clinic.
It was administered by the medics of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
Recipients of the vaccine say they felt they were doing the responsible thing and they felt very well informed.
“Everyone should get vaccinated. It’s important for everyone to get vaccinated for our readiness as soldiers and also for the community,” said Lieutenant Suzanne Ahmer, medical officer.
“The shot didn’t feel bad at all. I actually didn’t even notice until they told me I was finished so nothing to worry about there,” said Corporal Andrew Henson, combat medic specialist.
Officials say more Fort Drum workers and residents will have the opportunity to get the vaccine in the coming weeks.
The next populations in line are deploying service members and high-risk community members. Last will be healthy community members.
10th Mountain Division Acting Senior Commander Brigadier General Brett Funck says he encourages everyone to get the vaccine when it becomes available to them.