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N4T Investigators: Sapphire residents receive COVID-19 vaccine

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Sapphire of Tucson Nursing and Rehabilitation has already vaccinated their patients.

They were among the first in the state to report multiple cases of COVID-19 in their facility back in March.

They also came under fire from family members who claim they weren't getting answers about their loved ones.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators did numerous stories on this.

In the beginning, Sapphire wasn't sharing a lot of information. That's changed, now they have a dedicated section on their website that gives COVID-19 updates.

For example, on this date, it says over 300 of its residents have tested positive, as have 75 employees. Forty-five patients have died.

Joseph Gonzalez is a resident at Sapphire, he told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, he received the vaccine four days ago.

He went on to say those who wanted it were vaccinated.

He also told us once he got it he was monitored between 15 and 30 minutes. He said his arm was a little sore. However the following day, "I was experiencing, experiencing extreme body aches. And I did have a fever and around 9:00 in the morning when they were checking my vitals, they gave me Tylenol and after that an hour later I was completely fine."

He told the News 4 Tucson investigators the body aches did persist for the next couple of days but he's fine now.

We called Sapphire and they confirmed they had vaccinated patients who wanted the vaccine.

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo is an investigative reporter. She is part of the Digging Deeper team that uncovers important issues focusing on crime that affects the community.

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