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Yuma Frontline Health Care Workers Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Frontline health care workers in Yuma have begun receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Yuma Regional Medical Center received about 2,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Monday and held a test run for about 20 employees, including Chief Medical Officer Bharat Magu.

On Tuesday, hospital staff members began receiving the vaccine.

Tracy Terrones is the director of cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary services at YRMC. She received the vaccine Tuesday.

“I’m very emotional," Terrones told KAWC. "I’m so thankful and I want to smash out this virus and help all of the patients and all of the employees here at YRMC, our community, to get through this and get on the other side and be ready for 2021.” 

Magu said the goal is to give the vaccine to about 500 employees daily before and after Christmas Day.


Stay tuned to KAWC for more coverage on the COVID-19 vaccines and their availability in Yuma and La Paz counties.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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