Five UPMC employees received Pittsburgh’s first doses of the covid-19 vaccine Monday, making tangible the long-awaited light at the end of the tunnel for a pandemic that has spared no state in its deadly waves.
Dr. Sylvia Owusu-Ansah, 42, an emergency medicine physician and assistant director of Pittsburgh’s EMS, said she wanted to do this to set an example. She noted the African-American community has been particularly ravaged by the virus.
“I wanted to share with my community that it is OK — that this vaccine is the thing to do to keep us safe, to keep us healthy and to keep us alive,” she said.
She said she wants to protect her family — her two young daughters, her husband, her parents in Boston — along with the community.
“I wanted to set that example not only for my family but for my community as well,” she said.