Ochsner Baton Rouge workers get second dose of coronavirus vaccine

Updated: Jan. 5, 2021 at 3:26 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Medical workers at Ochsner Baton Rouge got their second coronavirus vaccine Tuesday.

It’s been three weeks since they got the first one. Ochsner was one of the first stops in the nation for the new vaccine.

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“It was pretty uneventful,” said Brandon Weeks, a family medicine physician. “I had the shots three weeks ago today and really just arm soreness for two days. I didn’t have to take Tylenol ibuprofen. I put a ice pack on it. It was really minor.”

The Louisiana Department of Health is encouraging those who have received the vaccine to record and report any changes in their body as symptoms as they can be different from person to person.

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Dr. Weeks says as more people get access to the vaccine, it’ll be important for people to keep a record of even minor reactions.

“As this is new, it’s good to have information and knowledge to share that with their friends and family,” said Dr. Weeks.

He says he expects to have full immunity from the virus within the next couple of weeks.

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“Working in a hospital recently, I’ve had to take care of patients with covid-19, and it’ll give me a little less anxiety. Of course, I will still wear my mask and do everything else to be safe,” said Dr. Weeks.

A spokesperson with Ochsner says the medical center will give out any unused vaccines to existing patients who are eligible. However, they have to schedule an appointment.

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