SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – Salem Regional Medical Center and other hospital systems, agencies and facilities are working to release information about when and how they will receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Salem Regional President and CEO Anita Hackstedde, M.D., released the following statement:
Salem Regional Medical Center has not been officially notified as to when a shipment of the vaccine will arrive onsite. However, we have received communication from our county Health Department that they may be receiving the vaccine as early as next week. We will implement our plan of vaccine distribution to our staff based on when the vaccine arrives and the actual quantity that we receive. SRMC plans to offer this first round of the vaccine to our frontline workers, who are directly caring for Covid-19 patients. Our end goal is to safely distribute the initial vaccine supply to those who need it the most, as soon as it becomes available.
Officials at East City Liverpool Hospital said they had not received the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday.
“When we do receive the vaccine, we will have established protocol outlining which members of our healthcare team will be given priority for the vaccination. If we get enough vaccine, we will vaccinate staff after that,” administrators wrote in a prepared statement.
Other hospitals in the Valley have also not received any sort of timeline as to when they will receive the vaccine. All do expect to get something soon, but it’s too early in the process to right now to know when.
The CDC has invited Ohio to take part in an early scaled launch of vaccinations in nursing homes.
Ohio will begin providing vaccinations in five to 10 nursing homes starting this Friday, December 18. DeWine said he’s still working on where those nursing homes will be located.
Mahoning County Health Commissioner Ryan Tekac said a deal with federal authorities and retailers CVS and Walgreens will handle nursing home facilities that have signed up, along with other companies.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said Monday it will be “quite some time” before the vaccine is available to the general population.
Along with Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center getting 975 doses, another 975 went to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Thirty got it in Columbus and 20 in Cincinnati. They wanted to test the procedures before going full scale.
“It went incredibly well today. The UPS truck … arrived nearly on time. We were prepared and soon after, our pharmacy colleagues got the vaccine ready for injection,” said Dr. Andy Thomas, with the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.
“It actually went very well. I was very excited to be a part of this new journey and hopefully, it will encourage others to be part of this journey to help make the change in the world and keep others safe,” said Kaitlyn Kaufman, a respiratory therapist at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
Kaufman compared the process of getting the vaccine to getting a flu shot.
Hospitals to receive vaccinations shipments on Tuesday:
- Mercy Health St. Vincent Hospital, Lucas County
- Cleveland Clinic, Cuyahoga County
- Metro Health Medical Center, Cuyahoga County
- Mercy Health Springfield Regional Medical Center, Clark County
- OhioHealth Riverside Hospital, Franklin County
- Aultman Hospital, Stark County
- OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, Athens County
- Genesis Hospital, Muskingum County
All 10 hospitals were selected based on geography, population and access to ultra-cold storage capacity.
Governor DeWine is hopeful that if the Moderna vaccine is approved next week that more hospitals will get doses.
Pennsylvania is receiving 97,500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week.
On Monday, two hospitals got them, including UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, which started immunizing front line health care workers Monday morning.
But, the health secretary warns the state will remain in what she calls a “pause” through the new year as cases continue to grow.
“We need all Pennsylvania to look at these mitigation efforts as an opportunity to buy us time. We need to get through what could be a very challenging winter before the vaccines are widely available,” said Dr. Rachel Levine.
This week, 87 hospitals in Pennsylvania are getting the vaccine, including Grove City Hospital, UPMC Greenville and UPMC Shenango.
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