TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A doctor at DCH Regional Medical Center was the first among the Tuscaloosa hospital staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The DCH Regional Medical Center’s Dr. Blake Lovely received the vaccine Thursday around 8:30 a.m. at the hospital’s new remote testing building.
“I am very excited,” Dr. Lovely said. “I think all the doctors are excited to see how quickly we are to get it done as we try to move past this coronavirus phase into the next phase in our lives.”
DCH has received about 3,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines. Frontline workers including doctors and first responders will be vaccinated first. Additional DCH doctors and nurses will receive vaccinations Thursday.
DCH Health System was chosen by the Alabama Department of Public Health to be one of the first facilities in Alabama to administer COVID-19 vaccines.
100 DCH nurses and doctors all got vaccines Thursday morning along with Lovely. 100 more are signed up to vaccinated Friday.