North Memorial Health to Receive First COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments Tuesday
It’s been nine months since the COVID-19 pandemic started and the vaccine has finally arrived in Minnesota. North Memorial Health will get it’s Pfizer vaccine shipment on Tuesday. Officials say it can’t come soon enough.
“It is kind of a watershed moment. I think for us in the fight against COVID-19. It’s an exciting moment for everyone and a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Paul Krogh, system director of pharmacy services for North Memorial Health.
The vaccine is coming via FedEx from a Pfizer plant in Michigan. North Memorial will get about 3,000 doses the first week and then another 2,000 the second week.
The first round of injections will be given Dec. 21 to North Memorial front-line workers who are at the highest risk for COVID-19 exposure. The next round would go to other staff. Officials say the vaccine is crucial in keeping the team safe to take care of COVID-19 patients.
“The more people we have vaccinated, the less likely they are going to expose patients, expose other health care workers,” said Krogh.
North Memorial Health is still working on logistics. The Pfizer vaccine has to be kept in ultra-cold facilities. Once details are finalized, staff will be able to sign up to get the vaccine.