Ochsner healthcare workers celebrate one year mark of being vaccinated

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Ochsner Baton Rouge is celebrating one year since they administered the first COVID-19 vaccines to Baton Rouge healthcare workers.

Ochsner Health has fully vaccinated more than 290,000 people and administered the vaccine to almost 645,000 eligible patients. 107 Baton Rouge healthcare workers were given the vaccine on Dec. 15, 2020. More than 7,000 children, all under the age of 12, have also been given the vaccine.

Read statements from three of Ochsner’s healthcare workers below about being vaccinated.

“That day was very special.  It was a symbol of hope for our state, our country, and the entire world.  Working with cancer patients, many who have weakened immune systems, I’ve seen firsthand how vulnerable some people can be to the devastating effects of COVID-19.  We were given a gift, and I was excited that it became a reality.  One year later, my hope is that anyone who is still hesitant will see that millions and millions of vaccinated people are better protected, and it really is our best defense.”

Dr. Burke “Jay” Brooks, Chairman, Department of Hematology/Oncology, Ochsner Cancer Center in Baton Rouge
Dr. Burke Brooks. Photo courtesy of Ochsner Baton Rouge Facebook.

“I received both Pfizer shots and recently had my booster. As a pharmacist, I understand the safety and effectiveness of mRNA vaccines and had zero hesitation getting vaccinated. The mRNA technology has been studied for a long time. I’ve felt so much more protected after being vaccinated and it allowed me peace of mind to do fun things with family and friends this year. The main reason to get the COVID-19 vaccine is the same reason to get the flu vaccine. It’s not perfect in preventing disease, but it’s really good at preventing severe illness and hospitalization.”

Joan Broussard, PharmD, Hospital Pharmacist, Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge
Joan Broussard. Photo courtesy of Baton Rouge Facebook.

“Getting vaccinated among that first group was a gratifying moment for me. I was proud to set an example for my coworkers and my community. Over this past year, I was much more comfortable spending time with my older family members and others who are at higher risk. This isn’t over, but we have made such incredible progress. I’m happy to be part of the community solution.”

Ollie Martin, Security Supervisor, Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge
Ollie Martin. Photo courtesy of Oschner Baton Rouge Facebook.

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