WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Despite being among the first in Kentucky to get a COVID-19 vaccination, Dr. Valerie Briones-Pryor remains vigilant about the current effects of the pandemic since she lost a patient while she got vaccinated.
- The US is still experiencing massive jumps in coronavirus cases and fatalities with Kentucky reporting a new daily peak of COVID cases.
- The doctor advises others to keep to the health guidelines set to curb the infection rates as medical workers need all the help they can get to get the pandemic finally under control.
Among the first to receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine in Kentucky, Dr Valerie Briones-Pryor says it was a “bittersweet” moment. The doctor has worked in Louisville COVID areas of several hospitals since March.
The state of Kentucky is much like the whole country where it is COVID cases, and deaths are still climbing very quickly. According to John Hopkins University, since December, Kentucky averages over 3,000 daily new patients which comes to be three times higher than its previous high back in mid-October.
On Tuesday, in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Dr Valerie shared her experience as she received the coronavirus vaccine. She said the moment of hope the vaccine provides her and others still coincides with the dark reality of the still spreading pandemic. During the interview, she said, “As I was walking to go get my vaccine, I actually had just heard that my 27th patient died, so it was very emotional to get that vaccine yesterday.”
Over the weekend, Pfizer vaccine is getting shipped all across the country to various health care organizations and hospitals. Come Monday morning, Andy Beshear, the governor of Kentucky, was present as the first shipment arrived at the University of Louisville Hospital. The emotional governor called the vaccine “nothing short of a modern, medical miracle.”
Dr Valerie told CNN that the hospital was pushing through a medical emergency when she transferred a COVID patient into intensive care a day before. An alert went out that a patient was in distress when she got taken to another area to receive the vaccine. She added, “As I was about to walk off the floor, they told me, they said, ‘Dr. Val, it’s our patient.’ And so as I was walking they texted me and told me that she didn’t make it.”
She urges everyone to follow social distancing rules, continue wearing masks, and get vaccinated when it becomes available. She added, “We have to take care of each other if we want to get back to some sense of normalcy. That’s what I look forward to, but we can’t get there alone. We need your help.”