COVID shot given in Monett
Frontline worker chosen to be the first recipient
The first COVID-19 vaccines were administered to frontline staff at 6 a.m. on Tuesday at Cox Monett.
Cheryl Webb, RN, was the staff member chosen to receive the first shot. Applause filled the conference room as the first dose was administered.
“Back in March I had the opportunity to go to New York to help fight the pandemic on the frontlines,” said Webb. “God was pulling at my heart to help, so I knew this was what I had to do.”
In July, Webb was presented with another opportunity to go to Texas to work in a hospital’s COVID-19 unit. Unfortunately, the surge in patients followed her back to southwest Missouri where she has worked locally at Cox South and Cox Monett caring for COVID-19 patients.
“The chance to take the vaccine meant the world to me,” she said. “I want life to get back to normal and this was my chance to fight back at the virus that has taken so much from so many people. So many of my patients didn’t get a chance to fight back, so this is my chance to fight for them.”
Cox Monett received 100 doses of Moderna’s vaccine with more arriving next week. In total, five vaccine clinics will be held for employees over a two-week period.