It’s been six months since the nation issued authorization for the Pfizer vaccine. Fast forward to today and nearly two million South Carolinians are fully vaccinated.
Haleigh Orman, the nurse manager of the Lexington Medical Center ER said, “I was in the first round to receive the vaccine. I was nervous yet excited, we were thrilled to get it. I felt it was a big accomplishment protecting my family and protecting my patients.”
Working in the ER, Haleigh saw the worst of COVID.
“Taking care of patients daily with coronavirus, we needed to do everything we could to protect ourselves.”
According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, nearly two million South Carolinians have received the first dose of the COVID vaccine and nearly 1.7 million are fully vaccinated, meaning 39.8 percent of South Carolinians are fully vaccinated.
There’s lot of myths out there that have been proven wrong. Continue to look at all the facts to protect yourself and all you family members,” said Orman.
Dr. James Chapman of Lexington Family Practice Chapin remembers the moment he got his vaccine. “I was a little nervous because in was one of the first million people in the United States vaccinated.”
He’s encouraging his patients to get vaccinated, reiterating what other health experts have said about immunizations being the key to normalcy, but he says we are not out of the woods yet.
“The numbers of people who are being admitted to the hospital are a lot higher for those who are unvaccinated,” said Chapman.Both Nurse Haleigh and Dr. Chapman say they’re feeling great and after getting the vaccine experienced minimal side effects.