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Volusia County first responders get COVID-19 vaccine through AdventHealth

Distribution will be at AdventHealth

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – More first responders in Volusia County are getting the chance to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Daytona Beach.

The Pfizer vaccine is for police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, lifeguards, and even animal controls staff.

“This morning I walked through to check on things, things are running very, very smoothly. A lot of thumbs up and smiles,” Dr. Joe Smith, Chief Medical Officer of AdventHealth Daytona Beach said.

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The distribution is taking place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at the hospital.

“First responders are an incredible group of people. They put themselves in harm’s way,” Smith added.

Smith explained nearly 1,000 first responders signed up to get the vaccine. Once they get the first dose, they’ll be able to come back for their second one.

“About 80 to 85 percent of those who get the first shot, by the time they get the second shot are already showing zero antibody circulating meaning that they are already immune. That second shot takes this to over 95 percent which makes it the most effective vaccines that we have,” Smith said.


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