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First responders anxious to receive COVID-19 vaccine after governor announces distribution plans

Posted at 10:55 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 23:55:39-05

Vaccines are making their way to Texas, hopefully sooner rather than later.

“We’re really excited to see when we’ll get the vaccine and when the vaccine will be available in our area,” said Kelly Craine with the Waco-McLennan County Health District.

On Monday, Governor Abbott announced plans to distribute vaccines to the most at-risk communities like healthcare workers, once one gets full FDA approval.

“It would offer a significant piece of mind,” said Marcella Knauf with AdventHealth Central Texas.

Knauf says healthcare workers like her are contracting the virus while taking care of patients at work.

“I have an infant at home. I certainly would feel better feeling I was more protected to protect her," she said.

Knauf says reality hit close to home earlier this year when her husband contracted the virus.

“He is a healthcare worker as well and was exposed at work. He was very ill for about a week. It was very scary for our family," she recalled.

Knauf says her husband recovered and has no symptoms.

“How are we gonna make sure our frontline workers, those people that are working with people that are putting their lives at risk, how are we going to get to them as quickly as possible? That’s really the number one priority right now,” said Craine.

Protecting frontline and healthcare workers remains critical, because if they get sick, then they can’t help others.