ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — Anne Arundel County is in the middle of vaccinating all of its front line workers. The hope is to have vaccinated 2,000 people by the time things wrap up on Tuesday. It's a large task and a necessary one.
Chief Trisha Wolford says her firemen and paramedics have been feeling the stress of this pandemic.
"Because you're just feeling worn down by COVID, then how do you go the next step and the next step is you get the vaccine," Wolford said.
That "next step" of getting vaccinated is beneficial to all of us says Jon Windell, the county's medical director.
"It's an important tool in preventing COVID-19 infection to breaking the transmission line so we can get out of this pandemic," he said.
Police and firefighters have a stressful job as it is getting a vaccine like this takes a lot of that stress away for them.
"But it does make me feel a little safer knowing that I've done my part and getting this vaccine and slowing the spread, that's the whole purpose."
This is the Pfizer vaccine which means they will have to come back in three weeks for a second shot. These first responders are among some of the bravest men and women of our state, but that doesn't mean they don't need a fun band-aid or lollipop after their shot.
A shot is a good next step as the chief says, yet we are not out of the woods yet.
"You don't know with virus who has it, so you have to be careful and wear you proper PPE," Wolford said.