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COVID vaccination underway for frontline workers at Kaleida Health

Posted at 7:48 AM, Dec 15, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in Western New York.

Kaleida Helath reports administering its first doses to doctors, nurses and staffers who are working in high risk areas.

According to a release, Shawn Covell was the first Kaleida Health frontline worker to get the vaccine. he is a critical care nurse in the ICU at Buffalo General Medical Center.

A spokesperson says vaccination for Kaleida Health employees will be voluntary. Two shots will be given to these workers 21 days apart.

The healthcare system is encouraging everyone to get the shot if you are eligible.

"By choosing to get vaccinated, you can also help lower transmission rates and flatten the curve in our community," a spokesman said through a release.

Kaleida has not said how many doses it has received or the number of vaccinations completed.