Maryland hospital staff among first in nation to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Maryland hospital staff among first in nation to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Shelley Smialkowski, an emergency room nurse at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Md., receives a vaccination against COVID-19 Dec. 16, 2020. (CNS photo/courtesy UM St. Joseph Medical Center)

Working in the Emergency Department at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, just north of Baltimore, Smialkowski was among the first people in the country to receive the new vaccine for COVID-19.

BALTIMORE — For nurse Shelley Smialkowski, a simple text message may have never brought such joy and relief.

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