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.READ MORE: Local Communities, Police Departments To Celebrate National Night Out
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.READ MORE: Giant Eagle To Reinstitute Mask Requirements For Employees, Will Request Customers To Wear Masks Inside Stores
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.MORE NEWS: PROSPR Now: Pine Richland Volunteer Parent Group Calls District's Response To Sexual Assault Allegations Into Question
Healthcare workers are hoping that this marks the turning point in the pandemic.