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Hundreds of Treasure Coast health-care heroes receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

'I kind of feel like it's an extra pair of gloves for us,' health-care worker says
Posted at 6:10 PM, Jan 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 07:08:23-05

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Hundreds of health care heroes on the Treasure Coast received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Saturday.

The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County hosted a clinic at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., exclusively for front-line workers.

"I kind of feel like it's an extra pair of gloves for us," said health-care worker Heather Englart. "That's basically how I feel. It's another layer of protection because we're here to help everybody that we can and I would rather be the one still be able to help than needing the help."

Close to 1,200 doses were available to distribute, according to Clint Sperber, a health department administrator.

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"Once you get in the door, you're in and out in no more than 15 minutes," said health-care worker Lisa Downey.

Sperber said the clinic was open to any front-line worker, even from surrounding counties, and that one individual from Palm Beach County traveled to get the vaccine.

"We know the vaccine is in short supply right now and in high-demand," said Sperber. "What's very important also is that this virus is extremely active in St. Lucie County and across the state, for that matter."

St. Lucie County leaders on Friday held a news conference about a second wave of coronavirus cases.

Health officials on Monday will begin to distribute vaccinations to seniors who were able to book an appointment on the health department's website.

Sperber said the appointments for next week are already full.