Watch: First COVID-19 vaccines administered in Kern County


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Kern County Thursday.

Kern Medical administered the first vaccine today. The first person vaccinated in Kern County was Dr. Arash Heidari, Director of Infectious Disease Fellowship at Kern Medical.

“I feel very blessed to be the first one to get the vaccine,” he said.

Heidari also stated he felt others should go before him, but he felt it was important for him to get the vaccine to publicly send a message of confidence about the shot.

“I just volunteered to show the public that this is safe. We’ve been chasing this virus safety for many, many weeks. We know it’s safe. That’s the reason why I wanted to get the first vaccine,” he continued.

Adventist Health Bakersfield, Dignity Health Mercy Hospitals of Bakersfield, Kern County Public Health, Bakersfield Heart Hospital and Kern Medical Center confirmed they received shipments of the Pfizer vaccines.

Bruce Peters, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital, was the first person to receive the vaccine at a Dignity Health hospital in Kern County.

“It was a piece of cake, easy shot. I feel fine. I can’t even tell I’ve had it,” Peters said.

“This is the beginning of hopefully the end of this pandemic. So this is a really important day all over Kern County. I know the other hospitals have gotten theirs and starting vaccination process. So it’s a big day,” he continued.

The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses in order to be as effective as possible. The second dose must be administered 21 days after the first dose.

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