Hunterdon Healthcare Receives COVID-19 Vaccine
On Thursday, December 17th at 10:30 a.m., Hunterdon Healthcare received the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer to begin vaccinating employees.
“With approved COVID-19 vaccines now being distributed to hospitals, we are eager to begin administering the vaccine to our physicians, nurses, and clinicians providing direct patient care. State and federal public health guidelines carefully prioritized the first doses based on factors such as frontline workers and those highest at-risk for infection or severe illness,” explained Patrick Gavin, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare. Hunterdon Healthcare received 975 doses and will begin administering the vaccine to employees on Thursday evening. Hunterdon Healthcare will vaccinate 3,000 employees and healthcare workers.
The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective way to protect us against the virus. The Pfizer vaccine has an efficacy rate of 95 percent with no serious safety concerns based on clinical trials with more than 38,000 people. The Pfizer vaccine will require two doses spaced 21 days apart.
Mr. Gavin added, “While we don’t know when a vaccine will be widely available for our community, we are thoughtfully planning and working closely with federal and state public health officials to ensure we are ready for distribution as soon as an authorized vaccine is available. The health and safety of health care workers, patients and the community are our number one priority at Hunterdon Healthcare, and we strive to deliver compassionate and exceptional care that improves the health of the community.”
For additional COVID vaccine information and distribution details (when available), please visit to
https://www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/news_room/vaccine-information/. This site will be regularly updated as new information is made available.
Pictured: Edward Spector, M.D., Emergency Medicine Physician and Chairman of Emergency Medicine was the first person to be vaccinated at Hunterdon Medical Center. Hunterdon Medical Center will vaccinate 3,000 employees and healthcare workers.
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