Northam welcomes first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine to Virginia

COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Ralph Northam joins Kelly Sweet, director of pharmacy for the Bon Secours Health System, examining one of the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine to a Bon Secours hospital in Richmond on Monday.

The initial allotment of 72,150 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is arriving today and tomorrow at health systems across the Commonwealth.

Vaccinations for healthcare workers are beginning tomorrow. Healthcare workers that directly care for COVID-19 patients will receive top priority among providers in Virginia.

“These initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are a much-needed symbol of hope for our Commonwealth and our country,” said Gov. Ralph Northam, who welcomed one of the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine to a Bon Secours hospital in Richmond on Monday.

“With this remarkable medical achievement, we are beginning to see the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel,” Northam said. “Yet even in this moment of celebration, we must remember that this is the first step in a months-long process to receive, distribute, and administer the vaccine as it becomes available. I ask everyone to stay vigilant, take care of each other, and continue following the public health guidelines as we work to vaccinate Virginians in a safe, efficient, equitable manner.”

Virginia health systems expect to receive an estimated 480,000 doses of vaccine from two manufacturers, Pfizer and Moderna, by the end of December.

This initial allocation will begin the inoculation process for nearly all health care personnel and long-term care facility residents.

The Virginia Department of Health estimates that there are up to 500,000 individuals in these two top priority groups in the Commonwealth.


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