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Firefighters face COVID-19 vaccine choice

Firefighters in Butte County have had the option to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Posted: Jan 4, 2021 9:29 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Butte County is currently in what public health is calling "phase 1A" of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Firefighters are in the first group of those with the option of getting a COVID-19 vaccine. A Butte County CAL FIRE captain told Action News Now CAL FIRE has worked with the public health department to ensure team members will be able to get a vaccine - if they choose.

Captain John Gaddie says because of HIPPA their staff does not have to report whether or not they decide to get the shot.

"CAL FIRE has done a very good job of providing a lot of information for you to make that choice,” said Gaddie. “They don't just say ‘hey the vaccine is available do it or don't.’ They provide a lot of information and a lot of literature."

He added the department has done a great job supporting them through the pandemic. Whether they want to get the shot or not. Gaddie says he and his wife, who is a nurse, both opted to get the vaccine.

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