Kitchener Health Care Workers Have Hopes Of Ending COVID-19 As Vaccines Administered – CBS Kitchener

kitchener (CBS) – Kitchener healthcare workers were some of the first to roll up their sleeves on Wednesday when the COVID-19 vaccine was launched in our area. Eyewitness News spoke to two Einstein Medical Center vaccine recipients about why this is a sign of hope.

It’s a monumental moment as some of the first COVID-19 vaccines are delivered to health care workers across Kitchener.

“It’s like a dream to me. It’s like a gift, ”said Dr. Gabriel Patarroyo-Aponte.

Patarroyo-Aponte is the medical director of the intensive care unit at Einstein Medical Center and has seen the worst of this pandemic.

“They basically die alone, surrounded by people they don’t know,” he said.

He also says that knowing he is safe from the virus can continue to help COVID-19 patients without worrying about infecting his own loved ones.

“After receiving this vaccine, I feel great relief in my heart that I can return home and my family will be safe,” said Dr. Patarroyo-Aponte.

“It’s like the beginning of a new era. That’s how I see it, ”said the Chair of Lung Health at the Einstein Medical Center, Dr. Sadia Benzaquen.

Benzaquen also says he hopes the United States will have achieved herd immunity by the end of next year.

“I think we’ll be able to fight the pandemic by the end of 2021,” he said.

“It feels very good to be at this point,” said Dr. John Wherry.

Dr. Wherry, a professor at the Penn Institute of Immunology, agrees with this schedule, saying that there is still a lot of research to be done, especially so early that no one should get its attention.

“It prevents the disease. We don’t yet know if it will prevent infection from still being contagious and spreading to other people. Second, we don’t know how long the immunity will last. So far it looks very promising, but we will have to wait until we fully understand this. For these two reasons, we need to continue masking, ”said Dr. Wherry.

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Mike Pence will soon receive the vaccine. The White House says Pence and his wife will get the shot publicly on Friday. Biden could get it next week.

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