Doc Halverson gives thumbs up to vaccine

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Photo by Haady Lashkari
Registered Nurse Rita Valenzuela gives Dr. Jim Halverson of Ojai a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 20.
All front-line healthcare workers and hospital staff members are the first in the county to be vaccinated. The first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Ventura County on Dec. 15. “I felt so gratified that I was given the vaccine to help protect myself, my family, my office staff, my friends, and the Ojai community,” Dr. Halverson said. From a physician’s standpoint, he added, “It was very simple — just like a flu shot.” The longtime Ojai doctor has written 39 columns on COVID-19 for the Ojai Valley News since the early days of the pandemic.