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Rangely District Hospital CEO Kyle Wren and an Eagle Crest Assisted Living resident were the first two recipients of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Rio Blanco County, along with other providers. They will receive another booster in 28 days. Pioneers Medical Center was scheduled for vaccinations Wednesday. Rangely District Hospital photos.

You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine, as it does not contain the live virus, or even a complete virus. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, like those manufactured by Moderna and BioNTech/Pfizer, give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein.” The spike protein is found on the surface of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Our immune systems recognize that the protein doesn’t belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies to protect against future infection. A vaccination tier schedule is printed on PAGE 4A