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COVID-19 vaccinations begin at Roswell hospitals

Dr. Robert Rader, vice chief of staff and hospitalist at Lovelace Regional Hospital, was the first of the hospital’s staff to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination Wednesday. Lovelace Regional and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center began administering the vaccine to their front-line staff members Wednesday. (Submitted Photo)

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Front-line health care workers at Roswell’s hospitals started receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday.

Megan Colby, left, trauma coordinator at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, gives a COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday to medical/surgical nurse Janice Gonzales. (Submitted Photo)

About 30 staff members of Lovelace Regional Medical Center, 117 E. 19th St., got their first of two doses Wednesday, Whitney Marquez, communications manager with Lovelace Health System, said.

The vaccine by pharmaceutical company Pfizer requires a second dose given 21 days after the first.

The first shot given at Lovelace Regional was to Dr. Robert Rader, vice chief of staff and hospitalist.

“This is an exciting day as vaccine provides hope to all of us,” Rader said in a press release. “I’m happy to receive the vaccination to protect myself, my family, my patients and my community.”

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Marquez said she wasn’t sure how many doses Lovelace Regional received, but the press release said Lovelace Health System received 380 of the 17,550 doses sent to New Mexico. Thirty hospitals across the state were to receive the vaccine from the New Mexico Department of Health.

Staff from the emergency, intensive care and medical/surgical departments are the highest priority to get the vaccine, according to the Lovelace press release. The hospital is expected to receive more doses throughout the coming weeks, Marquez said.

Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, 405 W. Country Club Road, also began giving the vaccine to its employees Wednesday, according to Marketing Director Brooke Linthicum.

The hospital received 175 doses on Tuesday. Linthicum said the Department of Health notified the hospital Wednesday it will receive an additional 100 doses on Friday.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.

To keep up with local coverage of the coronavirus, go to rdrnews.com/category/news/covid-19-situation/.

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