HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey health care workers are now getting doses of the newly-approved coronavirus vaccine from drug maker Moderna.

On Tuesday morning, front-line employees at Hoboken University Medical Center became among the first to get the new shot.

“I received the vaccine at 9:39 this morning, along with Dr. Rimmer, not only for myself, but for my family, my coworkers, my friends, and the community,” ICU worker Dinorah Vargas said.

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Vargas said she’s seen the local Hispanic community hit especially hard by the virus and she’s encouraging members of the community to get the vaccine when it becomes available.

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