SLO County healthcare workers receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

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Posted at 6:45 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-19 01:02:59-05

Five frontline healthcare workers were the first to receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department on Friday.

The health department has received 1,950 doses of the vaccine so far.

Officials say public health nurses will provide vaccinations to frontline healthcare workers, while CVS will give doses to those in long-term care facilities. Other high-risk individuals can expect to get vaccinated closer to March 2021.

Public Health officials say, as more supply becomes available, more San Luis Obispo County residents will be able to receive the vaccine later in 2021.

The first recipients of the vaccine included: Alec Flatos, Fire Engineer and Paramedic for the San Luis Obispo Fire Department; Marla Howard, Hemodialysis Nurse for Davita Dialysis Centers; Dr. Matthew Williams, Emergency Physician at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center; Jennifer O'Connor, Emergency Department Nurse at French Hospital Medical Center; and Dr. Daisy Ilano, Medical Director for the SLO County Psychiatric Health Facility.