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First Vaccines as NSMC Kicks Off a Two Month Vaccination Clinic

Written by Alex Ross, author at the Daily Item

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Michele Hnath, a 42-year-old ICU nurse, was the first of fifteen frontline healthcare workers from the North Shore Medical Center to receive the initial round of the two-part COVID-19 vaccine yesterday afternoon.

“I’m smiling ear-to-ear under this mask right now,” the Peabody resident said. “I didn’t even feel it.”

Hnath’s vaccination marks the beginning of an eight-week employee vaccination clinic at NSMC under Massachusetts’ COVID-19 vaccine plan. Phase 1, which prioritizes all healthcare personnel working with COVID-19 patients, is slated to run through February 2021.

“There has been so much fear, anxiety, despair in bedside nursing life, and I think this is a step in the right direction,” said Hnath. “I encourage everyone to get the vaccine.”