Shortly before 10 Monday morning the Campbell County Health Department got their first shipment of the Moderna COVID 19 vaccine. A short time later the department was set up to begin delivering these vaccines to local first responders.

Director Charles Turner and his staff set up in the parking lot as the initial round of responders sat in their vehicles awaiting the vaccine. Health department personnel, decked out in personal protective gear, came to each individual explaining the potential side effects. After all the formalities were done the injections were given. Recipients were asked to wait in the parking lot for 15 minutes before leaving just to make sure they had no allergic reaction.

Vida Rains gave the historic first injection to Jacksboro Police Chief Jeremy Goins. Goins described the shot as feeling like any other vaccination he had ever received. After his 15 minutes he had no allergic reaction. Goins pointed out that this was not a mandatory injection but his choice to take one.

Director Turner also pointed out that this was a two stage vaccine and that the responders would return for the second stage in 28 days. He also said that the availability will be rolled out in stages but that the Campbell County Health Department would make the vaccine available as soon as possible during each stage.

Both the Moderna and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines require two shots: a priming dose, followed by a booster shot. The interval between Moderna doses is 28 days, for the Pfizer vaccine it’s 21 days. Each dose of Pfizer’s contains 30 micrograms of vaccine. Moderna went with a much larger dose of vaccine, 100 micrograms.

The first stage is for hospital employees and first responders. The next stage is pharmacy staff, school staff nurses, and other frontline workers