ODESSA, Texas ( ABC Big 2 / FOX 24) – It was a big day for medical students at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Odessa on Monday as they received their COVID-19 vaccinations.
“It’s been really positive, I think it’s good to see that people have not only signed up to take it but have tolerated it very well,” said Dr, Martin Ortega, Assistant Dean at TTUHSC. “That’s part of the plan to develop a wider spread community protection.”
Kyle Thomas is a fourth medical student at Texas Tech and got his COVID-19 shot along with his fellow classmates. Thomas said living through a global pandemic while in medical school is a huge learning experience.
“I think as a medical student you kind of roll with the punches and whatever comes, you’re willing to take it.” Thomas said. ” We’re here to battle for our patients and we want to be on the front lines with the other physicians and nurses and care teams and be a part of the process.”
200 hundred doses of the Moderna vaccine were allocated for medical students and staff at TTUHSC. Dr. Ortega said getting medical students vaccinated is extremely important.
“They do form part of the health care team that sees patients, so we want to make sure that they’re protected,” Dr. Ortega said.
And as for the medical students who got their COVID-19 shots, they hope this is the first step in stopping the virus.
“All of us are here because we want to be able to treat people and really aid and I’m hoping we get back to normal and not only continue to let us have the best education possible at Texas Tech, but also provide the best care possible,” Thomas said. “I think once we all get vaccinated and we can move on from COVID, I think that will be possible.”