COVID-19 vaccine arrives at ProHealth Care
ProHealth Care received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 23 and immediately began vaccinating employees and providers.
ProHealth Care nurse Amber Larbi was among the first ProHealth employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. ProHealth nurse Erin Miller administered the vaccine.
"This is a day worth celebrating," said Susan Edwards, chief executive officer. "The new vaccines mark the beginning of the end of this awful public health crisis."
ProHealth received 975 doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and expects to use all of it this week.
In keeping with guidelines established by federal health authorities, ProHealth is first vaccinating those who are directly involved in caring for COVID-19 patients. The pace of vaccination will depend in large part on the availability of vaccine.
"I’ve been waiting for this for what feels like a very long time," said Amber Larbi, a ProHealth nurse who was among the first employees to receive the vaccination. "I’m so excited to have the opportunity to help not just myself by getting this vaccine, but other people as well. This is the best Christmas present ever."
ProHealth Care expects to receive additional shipments of both the Pfizer vaccine and one developed by Moderna in the weeks ahead. Vaccination of patients of the general public will begin as soon as the availability of vaccine makes that possible.
It will be many months before enough people have been vaccinated to contain the spread of the virus. Until then, ProHealth Care encourages everyone to continue wearing masks, social distancing and taking other precautions.
Information about vaccination is available at ProHealthCare.org/Vaccine.