Vidant gets first 3,900 doses of COVID vaccine 

By on December 17, 2020

OBX Hospital could receive vaccine next week

Vidant Health team members unload the first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 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.”


  • Gloria Serido

    When can I and my husband get the vaccine? We are over 70 and he has cancer. Thanks.

    Friday, Dec 18 @ 11:24 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Gloria, the first phase of vaccinations are for high-risk health care workers and staff and patients in long-term care facilities. Then you could be in Phase 1b or certainly in Phase 2. The exact timing of that remains to be seen.

    Phase 1b

    Adults with two or more chronic conditions that put them at risk of severe illness as defined by the CDC, including conditions like cancer, COPD, serious heart conditions, sickle cell disease and Type 2 diabetes, among others.
    Adults at high risk of exposure including essential frontline workers (police, food processing, teachers, child care), health care workers, and those living in prisons, homeless shelters, migrant and fishery housing with 2+ chronic conditions.
    Those working in prisons, jails and homeless shelters (no chronic conditions requirement).

    Phase 2

    Essential frontline workers, health care workers, and those living in prisons, homeless shelters or migrant and fishery housing.
    Adults 65+
    Adults under 65 with one chronic condition that puts them at risk of severe illness as defined by the CDC.

    Saturday, Dec 19 @ 9:53 am