Boston doctor: Vaccines offer hope amid worry over latest COVID surge

Dr. Daniela Lamas, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discusses receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and the state of the pandemic.
4:59 | 12/24/20

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Of course Frontline medical workers at our nation's hospitals were the first to receive the vaccine with doctors and nurses working around the clock getting that much needed defense. Back in April we introduced you to doctor Dan yellow llamas a critical care physician at Boston's Brigham and will women's hospital. Who's been treating only patients since the pandemic began so this week we checked in with her as she received the vaccine to get her reflections on this moment that endemic. And her message to the country as we face a very difficult winter here she is in her own works. And Harlem Sonoma homeowner and critical care doctor here in Austin. At Brigham and Women's Hospital. Being caring for patients. Many they could be nineteen in our intensive care units. Since this brings her back in March. And I was fortunate cute received the first shot the current scene a couple of plays out. In her at all I felt no negative consequence it. In truth all countless. Sorts I'm Matt left upper arm. Just very similar to doctor flu shots certainly and end lifting weights and to be honest I don't like that's Ernest. Like the fact that I can still tattoos and number here days and Maxine. You're walking through the hospital right now it's. It's been pretty tedious act for the past months. This summer was this weird kind of limbo and our following scenic code numbers ground. But we've been seen in the past couple days there has been. An address on an energy. We'll worry about signing up and then really hope. And I hope that things will be different at this it is miracle of science that is being brought to us now will in time. He brought to you the rest of the country and Sunni Arab vaccines and we feel that hope and that adrenaline but we also feel worried because we know what's going on ran upstairs. And that is a strange limbo that we're and rain now and that we're trying to balance it's not clear the fact that we're in the midst of the winter search year. That's throughout the country hospitals are overcrowded. My own hospital is overcrowding here in Massachusetts elected surgeries have been but I hold once again. Here are my hospital or visitor restrictions are as stringent as they had been since the spring. And so I hope this counterbalanced by the fact that there is an increasing number of people who are in our intensive care unit who are sick who might die. Often after indoor family band and gathering at Thanksgiving. Sort of dark time. It's winter. D.s are short the nature wrong and we are also tired. I take care of patients and realize that perhaps the physical exam and doing. The procedures that we do in the first physical contact they had thought from someone else since the spring. We are deeply exhausted and being alone being isolated. Particularly older people who live this has been density. And people all people want to eat they want to say let me just happened to her family let me just be with others. And a vaccine is something that sense these photos of doctors getting the vaccine donors is getting the vaccine they say. They say there is a reason to hold on kids there and point. And if you can injure you to look at this vaccine and we will be able. To re enter a world it sure won't look just like the world of 2019 that we lacked. But we'll look better in this one. I get my second shot on January 9 after that I will be as fully protected as somebody can be. Of course until then and are after. I will continue to Wear masks I'll continue to distance continue to take all of the precautions I've taken before the vaccine. But I think in the hospital things will be different and I can promise this to my patients to patients who won't have access to the vaccine for months to come a minute even more the doctor that I wanted to be a doctor than it was before this pandemic. Currently when I'm here patient Cochran in the room at body tense is and that he should clocks at nine. I hope I don't know how long it'll take but I hope that my body cons that I'm able to tell myself. You can stay in here you could be protected. And I know that there's a point of holding on to and during. Because we will get through this there is now a light at the end of this tunnel. Even though it is far lane even though there's so much loss to come. And if you look at these vaccines southeast hate them. As haute. Take them as a promise. And is the promise I am giving as a doctor community about her doctor I'm going to be sure that I do what ever I can't keep my agency said eight to get to the point where they are able to smile for that photo. And where they are able to say I need it. Our thanks to doctor lomb asked for what she's doing and for sharing her story with us.

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