After months of research and clinical trials, the first COVID-19 vaccination is making its way across the Country. But how fast will the vaccine get distributed and who is getting it now? The Wonders of Science will not be an overnight solution. On Monday, Healthcare Workers at UPMC received the first doses shipped out Sunday for Pfizer’s Vaccine, but not all Healthcare Workers were in the same boat. The Pennsylvania Department of Health said they will get 97,500 doses to be distributed to 87 Hospitals this week, but just 2 trays of about 2,000 doses were received on Monday at 2 Pittsburgh area Hospitals according to the State.
Spokespeople for Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown and Mount Nittany Medical Center say they have their plans ready to go for when they get their Vaccine shipment this week. As for how the Vaccine will play out Statewide, Healthcare Workers, First Responders, and people in Long-term Care Facilities will be the first groups considered for the Vaccine during Phase 1. In Phase 2: Critical Workers and people with high-risk conditions. Then, the General Population in Phase 3. That won’t likely happen until the Spring.
The speed of the Vaccine’s creation has led some to wonder about the long term safety of the Vaccine. We asked UPMC Officials on Monday about how they’re handling skeptical employees. An Official with UPMC says: “We do believe and we will be promoting this as safe and they should take it but we do recognize there are skeptics and it will be a voluntary vaccine to allow folks to see the experiences naturally to be more reassured.”