FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Up to 50 frontline healthcare workers are expected to receive the coronavirus vaccination on Friday at Dupont Hospital.
Lutheran Health Network began administering the vaccinations to healthcare workers by 8 a.m.
"We basically hit the ground running, got the tent together, and got our healthcare providers scheduled to get the vaccination," said Dusten Roe, Executive Director of Operations at Dupont Hospital.
Lutheran Health Network is included in state of Indiana's Phase 1-A hospital facility list, referencing priority vaccines to go to 'long-term care center staff and healthcare personnel who may be exposed to COVID-19 patients or infectious material, as well as long-term care residents.'
Dupont nurses administered the vaccinations ten minutes apart for social distancing purposes.
Dr. Vishal Bhatia, Lutheran Health Network's Chief Medical Officer says the healthcare workers are being scheduled for their 2nd dose in three weeks.
"What we see is a ray of hope now," said Bhatia. "And we feel that our frontline healthcare workers will be protected."
Bhatia says he hopes more vaccines will be available to the public, but Friday is a step in the right direction.