Emergency responders in EBR Parish get first round of vaccines

Emergency responders in EBR Parish get first round of vaccines

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Emergency responders on the frontline in Baton Rouge have started getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

EMS worker, Chris Landry is getting the opportunity to get his first shot of the Moderna vaccine.

“I just felt that taking advantage of it as a frontline worker, it’s something that I should do,” Landry said.

EMS and Firefighters continue to wear PPE gear since they don’t always have time to look into extensive medical history for emergency patients, they are hoping the vaccine will help them out in the long run.

“Our 911 dispatch center has done a fantastic job of trying to pre-screen some of these calls on the 911 call, but you still never know. We treat everybody as if they’re COVID positive, even on car accidents and things like that, you just don’t know,” Mike Chustz said.

“Personally, it gives me a little bit level of less worry hoping that I can continue to start moving on and doing other things without the fear of worrying about it. And then not putting the burden on my personal family if I were to get sick or something like that,” Landry added.

“With the surge we’ve been seeing and the number of cases in hospitalizations, I am happy that it’s here, and I hope this is as effective as we think and even more would be even better, but we’re excited to be able to get it and we’re hoping to be able to get it and we’re hoping that it works, and we’re hoping that most of the people out in the public will get it.”

EMS told us they are hoping to at get 70% of the first responders in the parish vaccinated.

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