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GOOD MORNING, HOW YOU DOING? DO ME A FAVOR,

[First Responders and Healthcare Workers Get First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine]

[00:00:04]

IF I CAN JUST GET YOU TO PULL IN AND SHE'LL DIRECT YOU TO GO.

YOU JUST SEND THEM TO ME AND I'LL TELL THEM WHERE TO PARK. I THINK IT'S GOING PRETTY SMOOTH.

BETTER THAN I COULD IMAGINE SO. EVERYBODY'S HAPPY, EVERYBODY'S EXCITED FOR THE VACCINATIONS.

SO TODAY WE'RE VACCINATING FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS THAT ARE EMPLOYEES OF THE CITIES OF GARLAND, ROWLETT AND SACHSE, OR THE GARLAND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT.

SO PRIMARILY, FIREFIGHTERS AND EMS'S, THOSE ARE THE FOLKS THAT TRANSPORT SICK PEOPLE.

TO THE HOSPITAL SO THEY NEED TO BE IN THE FIRST GROUP TO BE VACCINATED.

"SO EXCITING" WE'VE ADDED SCHOOL NURSES WHO ARE ALSO CONSIDERED FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS, AS WELL AS FOLKS THAT WORK IN THE DETENTION FACILITIES, THE JAILS, FOR GARLAND AND ROWLETT. "GOING TO STING." SO THE NEXT STEP IS PHASE 1B, SO WE'RE IN PHASE 1A, NOW THAT IS THE FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS, PHASE 1B ARE THE FOLKS THAT ARE OVER 65 OR THE FOLKS OF ANY AGE WHO HAVE CERTAIN UNDERLYING CONDITIONS.

NOW, WHEN WE GET TO PHASE 1B IS REALLY DETERMINED AT THE STATE LEVEL, AND THAT'S GOING TO BE BASED ON THE AVAILABILITY OF VACCINES AND THE NUMBER OF FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS THAT HAVE BEEN VACCINATED.

FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC, IT MAY BE KIND OF CONFUSING, HOW THIS VACCINE IS ROLLED OUT. WE'RE TRYING OUR VERY BEST TO KEEP THAT TO DATE ON OUR WEBPAGE, SO I'D ENCOURAGE ANYONE WHETHER YOU'RE A RESIDENT OF GARLAND OR NOT WHETHER YOU'RE A RESIDENT OF GARLAND OR NOT, I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO VISIT OUR WEBPAGE FOR THE MOST CURRENT INFORMATION IN TERMS OF WHO NEEDS TO BE VACCINATED, AND WHERE VACCINES MAY BE AVAILABLE.

I MEAN IT'S NOT GOING TO CURE THIS WHOLE THING RIGHT AWAY BUT I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO GET BACK TO NORMAL, AND THAT'S ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS.

BUT I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO GET BACK TO NORMAL, AND THAT'S ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS.

ESPECIALLY IT'S NORMAL NOT HAVING TO WEAR THE MASK, EVEN THOUGH YOU STILL HAVE TO WEAR IT FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT IT IS A START TO GET TO WHERE WE NEED TO BE.

AND KEEP IN MIND THAT GETTING YOURSELF VACCINATED, NOT ONLY PROTECTS YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL, IT ALSO PREVENTS YOU FROM TAKING THE DISEASE HOME TO YOUR FAMILY, TO YOUR FRIENDS, TO YOUR COWORKERS, TO MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL COMMUNITY, SO VACCINES NOT ONLY HELP THE INDIVIDUAL, THEY HELP THE COMMUNITY.

AT LARGE. I'D BE LYING IF I TOLD YOU I WASN'T SCARED, I WASN'T NERVOUS, BUT SEEING ALL THE COWORKERS GET THE VACCINE AND SEE OTHER PEOPLE DO IT, PUT ME AT EASE BECAUSE IT'S PEOPLE THAT I TRUST. (3, 2, 1) IT'S PRETTY EXCITING TO BE DOING SOMETHING POSITIVE. YOU KNOW FOR THE LAST TEN MONTHS, WE'VE BEEN WORKING OUR BUTTS OFF, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO, AND NOW WE'VE ACTUALLY GOT SOMETHING HAPPENING. WE'VE GOT SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENING AND I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

(MUSIC)

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.