VACCINE History happens at Brooks-TLC


This was no ordinary shot in the arm last week. It was history in the making.

Last Wednesday, an emergency room nurse was the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Brooks-TLC Hospital. The Dunkirk facility received its shipment of the vaccines on Tuesday.

Sara Couchman was the first to receive a dose, reported by Brooks officials on Wednesday. “I’m happy this is the beginning of a new era, and also the end of pain and suffering for so many families,” she said. Lisa Barone, director of infection control and surgical services, administered the first vaccination. “This is the first ray of hope we’ve seen in a long time.”

During a recent visit to the hospital there was a buzz of activity. However, to be safe, Brooks has reinstituted restrictions on visitation.

It is another unfortunate happening since the beginning of the pandemic. The vaccine, however, could hasten a return to normalcy that will not happen overnight.

That is the light at the end of a long tunnel.


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