One of the first vaccines

News | December 17, 2020

Joel Moore is a registered nurse and a deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. He serves as director of care coordination for in-patients at Genesis Health Systems. Earlier this week, he received one of the first vaccines for COVID-19 in the Quad-Cities – and the country.

He was on the list for first-to-be-vaccinated because he is he working shifts in the Intensive Care Unit, caring for patients with COVID-19. He’ll get his second shot – a requirement to be fully vaccinated – in early January.

“I trust the process,” he said of his decision to be vaccinated. “I trust the CDC and the FDA, and all of the scientists and experts who have poured their resources into the vaccine. Without hesitation, I said, ‘I am all in.'”

Joel is one of several hundred people expected to be vaccinated by week’s end, with a focus first on health care workers, as well as people who live and work in nursing home facilities.

Working in the hospital has been really hard, and heavy, for the past nine months, he said. “I see every day, health care providers, nurses, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, pouring their love and heart in to the care of patients,” he said.

The loss of loved ones has also been really hard for many families. “I think about all of the empty chairs for the holidays,” he said. “COVID is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. That’s 300,000 empty chairs. That’s a lot of loved ones who are missed right now.”

Joel, who never contracted COVID-19 that he knows of, have friends and relatives who have. “We don’t know what the long-lasting impact of the disease is,” he said. “I want to protect myself so I can keep contributing to the community in the ways that I do, so I can live out my call.”

The vaccine has been a tangible hope that something will help return our community, and the world, back to normalcy, he said.

On Wednesday, less than 24 hours after receiving the shot, all Joel had was a little pain in his right arm at the injection site. “Hope is here,” he said.

Learn more about plans for the distribution of the vaccine in the Quad-Cities.

7 Comments on “One of the first vaccines”

  • Sue Grove

    December 21, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    We will be in line as soon as we can Joel. Thanks for being a leader and sharing your perspective. It’s always good to see you! We share your hope!

  • Missey Treakle

    December 19, 2020 at 5:56 am

    Joel is such an inspiration to others and I am glad he is sharing his story about the vaccination so people won’t be afraid to get it when it is their time to get it.

  • Marcia Willi

    December 19, 2020 at 5:18 am

    Thank you Joel, for making a difference! For going the extra mile, in helping take shifts@ the hospital. God’s Peace

  • Sheila Mesick

    December 18, 2020 at 5:52 am

    I am thankful for the many workers in the healthcare profession and their daily commitment. And I am thankful for you Joel a source of hope and friendship always. HOPE is on the way! Bless you.

  • Suzy Schindler

    December 17, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you Joel for your years of dedicated work and for your compassion, empathy and concern for your patients, co-workers and their families. Be safe, be well.

  • Linda Hoepner

    December 17, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Proud of you Joel for all you do for others! We are ready to follow your lead as soon as it is offered!

  • Victoria Felger

    December 17, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Joel…good for you to be among the first and to spread this message of hope! You also expressed your empathy and caring for the patients and families under your care! You truly are an exceptional nurse!!

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