JAMESTOWN – The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in Jamestown by the end of the week, this as healthcare workers across the nation are getting vaccinated for the first time.
UPMC Chautauqua Hospital, part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is scheduled to receive 900 doses of Moderna’s vaccine.
The delivery is dependent on the FDA, who is slated to issue emergency use authorization of the drug. Last week the agency approved authorization of Pfizer’s vaccine, with first doses rolling out on Monday.
An ICU Nurse in New York City was the first person in the U.S. to get vaccinated, followed by five frontline healthcare workers at UPMC in Pittsburgh.
Healthcare leaders in the company say this is an important day in the fight against COVID-19. They leaders believe this could be the start of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Each of the employees will be back in 21 days for the next shot that’s part of the vaccine. The workers will make sure to continue using all safety precautionary measures.
The healthcare company says it received 975 doses at Children’s Hospital and there is potential for three more hospitals to get doses as well.
UPMC says its high priority employees will be the first to receive this vaccine. It expects to provide a vaccine for all workers who want it by the end of January.