HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Frontline workers received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.

Hartford HealthCare said the group received their first shot of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine three weeks ago.

They started getting round two at 11 a.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

"I was excited before I got it and it continued to grow there after," said Dr. Melisha Cumberland, Chief of Medicine. 

Windam Hospital's Chief of Medicine Dr. Melisha Cumberland got her second and final dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. 

She got her first dose 21 days ago. 

"One step closer to being 95 percent immune, one step closer to normalcy, one step closer to getting back to our mental and physical health and can see our loved ones the way we know how to see our loved ones," Dr. Cumberland said. 

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Being on the frontlines, Dr. Cumberland has seen the worst of what the virus can do. She's ready to get back to some sense of normalcy. 

"The holiday season has passed and it has been challenging. The past several months and it's challenging. To feel you're at your next point, we have some relief and we will do this and do this together," Dr. Cumberland said. 

Connecticut's coronavirus positivity rate was just over 7 percent over the weekend.

The CT Convention Center has been turned into a clinic so those in the first group, like frontline workers, can get vaccinated. 

"We have ten clinics open. Our current capacity is between 2,000 and 2,500 clinic appointments a day between sites, [which] will go up a little bit next week when we open the eleventh site," said Eric Arlia, Hartford HealthCare Sr. Director of Pharmacy. 

The 11th clinic will be in Norwich. There are nine clinics around the Hartford area and a 10th in Shelton. 

Dr. Cumberland says people who get the vaccine may have some pain around the injections site. She said she felt fatigued, but said all she needed was a good nap. 

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