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Brandon’s COVID-19 immunization "super-site" officially opened its doors earlier this morning, with the injections taking place at the Keystone Centre.

Some of the first people to receive the COVID vaccination at this location included Brandon healthcare workers, who work at Shared Health’s Westman Lab and are particularly vulnerable to the virus given the nature of their employment.

These individuals took a few moments to chat with the Sun to relay their quick feelings about finally receiving the vaccine following a very stressful year of working under the pandemic.

A full report on Monday’s activities at the Keystone Centre will appear in Tuesday’s edition of the Sun.

"It gives me hope. It gives me a lot of hope. We’re moving in the right direction."
— Joanna Robb, cytotechnologist

Jennifer Cochrane, a public health nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, readies the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite at the Keystone Centre on Monday.

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Jennifer Cochrane, a public health nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, readies the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite at the Keystone Centre on Monday.

"I think the set up is going to be great once we get more people in here and (the person doing the vaccinations) was amazing. That’s probably the best vaccination I’ve ever had."
— Kirsten Boyce, cytotechnologist

"I feel great. I could hardly feel the poke and (I want to give) a huge shout-out to all the people here, setting up the vaccination clinics. It’s been very good. Well run."
— Robert Farquhar, general duty technologist

Brandon’s immunization super-site will run seven days a week, 12 hours a day, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

For more information on the province’s COVID-19 vaccination program, including eligibility requirements, visit gov.mb.ca/covid19/vaccine/index.html.

-The Brandon Sun