WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — December 18th, 2020 marked a milestone in Wichita Falls. That’s when the very first COVID-19 vaccinations arrived on the town [and] United Regional started giving these on the entrance traces the vaccine for the primary time.
Now well being care employees, who had been among the many very first to get vaccinated are reflecting on the progress made.
For Jacky Betts and Rachel Reitan it was only a quick 12 months in the past that they had been rolling up their sleeves to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
“What I keep in mind most is the state of hysteria and the state of unknowingness and the hospital was fully full, I feel we had about 130 COVID sufferers at one time and we didn’t know if that quantity was going to proceed to rise and we had no finish in sight and immediately, unexpectedly we had turned COVID right into a preventable illness,” Reitan mentioned.
“It was the primary time from the time the pandemic began we felt we went from a defensive place to an offensive place we really had one thing now that we might give ourselves and provides our sufferers,” Betts mentioned.
Jacky Betts who has managed United Regional’s COVID-19 operation since day one believes vaccines are what has made their progress attainable.
“From the sufferers aspect they felt like that they had obtained one thing that allowed them for the primary time to go away their houses, to get into the neighborhood they usually felt prefer it was a present from God,” Betts mentioned.
From the primary dose, to the current vaccine mandate for workers, workers and medical workers members, COVID-19 continues to be a part of the day by day lives of those frontline employees who’ve a message for many who aren’t but vaccinated.
“Our neighborhood expects top quality care from us that’s based mostly on proof, that’s based mostly on high-quality proof and that’s the identical top quality proof that these vaccines had been created from,” Reitan mentioned,
A dose of hope for these medical professionals because the neighborhood continues to battle its approach out of this pandemic.
Finally verify 96% of United Regional workers are at the moment vaccinated or have an accepted exemption [and] as holidays arrive, 43% of Wichita County residents are absolutely vaccinated as of this week.