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As frontline health care professionals, nurses are the true heroes who risk everything to care for patients. In San Antonio, doctors, nurses, and other health care staff working with COVID-19 patients could be getting the much-awaited vaccine as soon as next week if federal authorities give Pfizer emergency permission to use the medicine as expected, University Health officials said Tuesday.

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Nursing home residents also could be eligible to get vaccinated this month because an advisory committee of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended including them in the first tier of recipients.

The vaccination process is going to require precise coordination; the vaccine must be delivered in two doses at specific time intervals and must be kept in sub-freezing temperatures to prevent deterioration.

“There’s anticipation that it will be approved … on Dec. 10,” George Hernández, president and CEO of the county hospital system, told Bexar County commissioners in reference to the Pfizer vaccine.

Carroll Dorrill uses a computer at BiblioTech South in San Antonio. Commissioners on Tuesday will discuss two items related to Bexar County’s all-digital library system: the planned creation of wireless broadband service to part of the Southwest Independent School District and the creation of a “BiblioTech Brownsville” system in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

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During this time of fear and stress, practicing nurses have worked long shifts. The physical and mental exhaustion, lack of knowledge, and in many cases, lack of skills to care for patients can lead to disciplinary action.

If you are a Nurse in San Antonio who faces any disciplinary issues before the Texas Board of Nursing, please contact San Antonio nurse attorney Yong J. An, call or text at 832 428 5679 or Mr. An has represented over 100 nurses before the Texas Board of Nursing since 2006.