Home care nurse Heather Hopkins had hoped to be sitting in a chair getting her vaccination by now.
She got a message from Seminole County that she was eligible, and said she secured a vaccine appointment over the phone.
The next day, she was told Moderna doses are for seniors only per the state’s decision.
“We have been skipped and we have continued to work on the frontlines,” she said.
If they gave the vaccine to her and other health care workers as planned, Hopkins said, “then they jeopardized future shipments of the COVID (vaccine) from the Governor’s office.”
Hopkins reached out to Channel 9 so more people would realize many frontline health care workers don’t know when they’ll get a shot.
“We can’t sit at home and protect ourselves unlike some of the folks in the 65 and up (age range),” Hopkins said.
Her colleague Kathy Reger shared in her frustration.
“I’ve had a few scares and made it through,” she said.
She’s 70, but believes the job is important, and that other nurses need the vaccine so they can keep helping patients.
Seminole County’s emergency manager said Friday that health care workers should reach out to the hospitals with the vaccine.
“When I contacted all the hospitals in my area. They were reserved for their own employees,” Hopkins said.
If Reger could talk to the governor, she’d tell him to “listen to the experts.”
“We should be rolling out vaccines and not trying to put on a show for your re-election,” she said.
Cox Media Group