By: KDKA-TV News Staff

WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) – Healthcare workers at Excela Health in Westmoreland County and Butler Health System began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday.

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Frontline workers at Excela Health were the first to receive the vaccine and while not mandatory, about 70% of employees said they would get the shot.

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Butler Health System received 975 doses in its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine and nurses and doctors at Butler Memorial and Clarion hospitals were the first to be vaccinated.

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Healthcare workers are hoping that this marks the turning point in the pandemic.