642 first responders receive coronavirus vaccine in Ardmore

Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 6:54 PM CST
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - At the National Guard Armory in Ardmore, the Carter County Health Department administered 642 coronavirus vaccines to first responders, health care workers, and support staff on Thursday.

Aja Noland got her COVID vaccine late Thursday morning. She said she was in and out quickly.

“Working in healthcare, you always want to be safe,” Noland said.

Mendy Spohn, the Carter County Health Department District 8 regional director, said it took her staff three days to plan the event, but they waited much longer for the vaccine.

“To be able to have a vaccine as a tool to fight this pandemic is something we’ve been waiting on for nine months,” Spohn said.

Ardmore Fire Department training officer Jason Woydziak said he’s proud of the health department for organizing the event so quickly and efficiently.

“We’ve trained for this every year and it shows,” Woydziak said. “This has been flawless so far.”

Noland said she felt safer getting the vaccine.

“We’re in a pandemic and any way we can get out of it will benefit us all,” Noland said.

She said working in health care means worrying about bringing the virus home.

“It’s real,” Noland said. “I’ve seen it. I’ve seen the effects. I’ve seen loved ones pass away. Just take it seriously.”

Noland said when her kids are eligible, she’ll take them to get vaccinated too.

“You want that protection for your children,” Noland said. “To me, it’s like a flu shot. You protect them from the flu; you protect them from COVID.”

Spohn said the health department will announce more vaccination events in a few days.

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