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St. Luke’s ICU nurse first hospital employee to receive COVID-19 vaccine

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DULUTH, MN -- An intensive care nurse was the first person at St. Luke's Hospital to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Friday morning.

Samantha Moder said it just felt like a tiny pinch and was similar to getting the flu shot.

As an ICU nurse, Moder is at high risk for exposure.

She says it's been a trying few months with the pandemic, but the vaccine offers a light at the end of the tunnel.

"I'm going to be safer. I don't have to worry as much. We need to move forward. This is a momentous occasion," Moder said.

Essentia Health administered its first vaccine on Thursday.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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