Hospitals Prepare to Vaccinate Workers: 6 Things to Know

December 17, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under Communication, COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified December 22, 2020

The first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine are on their way to hospitals, and healthcare workers could receive their first shots as early as this week. This recent article from Becker’s Hospital Review outlines six pertinent pieces of information regarding hospitals and their preparation to vaccinate workers:

  1. Mass distribution began December 13 as the first doses of Pfizer’s vaccine left Pfizer’s Kalamazoo, Michigan production plant. 
  2. As vaccines are distributed, healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents will be inoculated first.
  3. Hospitals will have to consider many factors as they receive their initial doses, including ensuring the shots stay at the optimal temperature, as well as safeguarding shipments and not leaving them unattended on loading docks.
  4. Hospitals have been preparing for the potential challenges related to inoculating their healthcare workers, such as planning to stagger employee vaccinations.
  5. Hospitals also have plans for which healthcare workers will be vaccinated first, with workers in emergency departments, intensive care units, and dedicated COVID-19 units being prioritized.
  6. The mass distribution of the first vaccine comes as COVID-19 continues to surge in the U.S.
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