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A New Hope: COVID-19 Vaccine

In March 2020, St. Luke’s Hospital diagnosed its first COVID-19 patient. No one could have imagined what the following months would look like. For our team members, it’s been one of the most challenging years ever faced. 

“It’s been a really rough year for everyone,” said Ricardo Camacho, MD, an internal medicine resident.

“This virus has just been destroying lives,” Cindy Waaso, assistant nurse manager on Division 6600. 

The Pfizer vaccine’s arrival on December 21, 2020, at St. Luke’s Hospital, brought a new hope to the pandemic. 

“For me the vaccine represented a small light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel paved with separation, suffering, death and questions we didn’t have answers to,” said Pearl Philip, MD, infectious disease specialist. 

Watch the video below to hear team members describe their experiences of the past year and share why vaccines are imperative to turn the tide against the coronavirus pandemic.

If you have questions about the vaccine, we encourage you to talk with your healthcare provider.