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Local Health Care Workers Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

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The COVID-19 vaccine is making its way to health care workers across the state and a local health care center in the Tri-Cities has 3,000 vaccines to give to workers.

Tri-Cities Community Health has received the Moderna vaccine and has already vaccinated about 140 employees across their locations in Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland.

The workers receiving the vaccine at the end of December is all apart of the phased plan for getting the vaccine out to those who need it most in our community.

The Assistant Medical Director at Tri-Cities Community Health, Emad Abu-Khieran, tells Action News that he received the vaccine and is glad he can continue to work to help his patients.

“Personally I received the vaccine and it is safe. The science is very strong and it has been tried, I assure people that side effects of the vaccination are very limited one or two days with pain at the injection site, some muscle pain, a low-grade fever may happen but then within one or two days you are fine,” said Abu-Khieran.

Those currently receiving the vaccine are anyone who falls into Phase 1A which includes health care personnel, first responders, and those who have direct patient contact and can’t work from home.