Area Hospitals Prepare For COVID Vaccines
Pfizer has sent out the vaccine and now hospitals in Mid Michigan and our frontline workers are first up to receive that vaccine.
Getting the vaccine to that group is the first phase in distribution. Yesterday Michigan Medicine and Spectrum Health Butterworth hospitals gave out their first round of vaccinations.
McLaren Greater Lansing has not yet started giving out the vaccine, they are still putting together plans and once those plans are finalized they will begin the process of vaccinations.
Ruth Sudderth who is the senior V.P. of Public Affairs and Communications of the Michigan Hospital Association says the number of vaccines the hospitals receive can depend on a lot of things, but mainly on how many workers that they have who they want to offer the vaccine too.
There is a portion of the population in the United States that does not want the COVID vaccine. Some plan to wait a bit to get the vaccine, while others don't want anything to do with it. This, as a new strain of the virus is ripping through the United Kingdom, nursing homes in the U.S. are desperately struggling to keep their patients safe and now New York City is warning of a full shutdown. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had an ominous warning yesterday, saying that city residents should prepare for another possible full closure like they had back in the spring.
The death toll from the coronavirus in the United States is now at over 300 thousand, a number that last spring was unfathomable.