Public Health Announces Arrival of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine
People In Phase 1a Will Begin to Receive the Vaccine This Week
Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH) announced today that the County has received 975 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Photos of the vaccine arrival are available here.
The first shipment arrived Tuesday at the County's Southeast Health Department location. Jeanne Williams, BSN, Public Health's Immunization Program Manager, was the first to receive the vaccine. On the first day of vaccination, MCPH administered 20 doses of the vaccine.
"This is a historic moment for Public Health and I am eager to get our public health staff who are vital to COVID-19 vaccine response, EMTs/Paramedics, and other healthcare workers who fall into Phase 1a vaccinated as quickly as possible. They have faithfully cared for our community while risking their own health to keep us all healthy and safe," said Dr. Meg Sullivan, Mecklenburg County Public Health Medical Director, who also received the vaccine. "However, this is only the first step. The vaccination campaign will be lengthy, and we all must maintain public health measures including wearing masks, practicing social distancing and avoiding gatherings with individuals outside of our immediate household."
MCPH will take the initial lead on providing vaccine to individuals in Phase 1a (as recommended by current guidelines). Individuals in Phase 1a include:
A more detailed framework outlining Phase 1a distribution is available here. As we expand to vaccinating broader groups in future phases, we will share details about where vaccine is located and let communities know how and where to get it.
We'll know more about who will be vaccinated in later phases from guidance made by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. You can view the interim plan on our coronavirus vaccine webpage, www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19. We will share the allocation and prioritization guides for future vaccine phases in the coming weeks.
The vaccine will be distributed by the State to counties in amounts aimed to be used within 10 days. The specially designed shipping containers can be recharged with dry ice to store vaccine for up to 30 days safely. MCPH also has an ultracold freezer, which arrived Monday, for storing the Pfizer vaccine. At this time, MCPH has received the Pfizer vaccine and will prepare to receive the Moderna vaccine as well, if made available.
About the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
On Dec. 11 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in individuals 16 years of age and older.
More information about the COVID-19 vaccine is available at www.MeckNC.gov/COVID-19 or by calling the Public Health COVID-19 hotline at 980-314-9400.
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