By Outer Banks Voice on December 17, 2020
Vidant Health has announced that it received its first 3,900 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville on Thursday, Dec. 17.
“We’re really excited to get started,” said Dave Harlow, vice president of allied health for Vidant, in a Voice interview. “Just from a strictly Christmas-present standpoint…this is a really big deal.”
Harlow said that Vidant, a major Eastern Carolina health system that serves about 1.4 million people, would immediately distribute these first doses to nine hospitals — with top priority going to high-risk staffers who are caring for COVID patients.
He added that smaller hospitals, including The Outer Banks Hospital, are slated to receive doses of the Moderna vaccine in the second phase of distribution, which could occur as early as next week. Approval from federal regulators for distribution of the Moderna vaccine appears imminent.
In a statement released today, Vidant Health CEO Dr. Michael Waldrum said, “The vaccine offers incredible hope for our health care workers, families, friends, neighbors and the world. While this is a monumental step in overcoming the pandemic, we do not yet know when the vaccine will be available to the broader community. It remains vitally important that the community helps us stop the spread now by wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands often. We need your help.”