Mid-South health care workers receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

WATCH: Mid-South health care workers receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Health care workers at a local Mid-South hospital received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday.

Workers at Methodist-Germantown received their first dose of the vaccine just three weeks ago. The second dose is the last shot needed in the vaccination process.

Round two of Pfizer vaccinations for health care workers at Methodist Germantown came with much excitement.

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The second shot of the vaccine is needed to get the overall protection the vaccine can provide.

FOX13 witnessed the first group of health care workers being vaccinated three weeks ago.

Bryan Malone is one of the health care workers we witnessed. We caught up with him on Tuesday.

“I had no side effects whatsoever from the first dose. Little sore arm but that subsided and everything was great,” Malone said.

Candace Freire is another health care worker at Methodist Germantown who says she didn’t think twice about getting the vaccine.

“It feels wonderful. It’s a long time coming. Been a lot of hardships and days working in the hospital with COVID patients,” Freire said.

The team at Methodist explained that more than 6,000 of their 13,000 employees have been vaccinated.

Methodist says the vaccination process will continue to be ongoing until all employees decide on when they’ll get vaccinated.

“I would encourage all people like myself, the physicians I work with, to get vaccinated because it’s safe. Get vaccinated to keep our communities safe,” Freire said.

Health officials say that time is needed to let the vaccine thaw out and to allow for recovery time.

Tennessee has administered over 152,000 doses of the vaccine, according to Bloomberg.

That number is over 50 percent of the available vaccine supply in the state.

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