First 72,150 vaccine doses roll into commonwealth

The commonwealth’s first 72,150 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines will arrive today and tomorrow and be distributed to frontline health care workers by tomorrow.

 

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“These initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are a much-needed symbol of hope for our Commonwealth and our country,” Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement. “With this remarkable medical achievement, we are beginning to see the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. 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.”

Health care workers who interact directly with COVID-19 patients are top priority to receive the vaccine. The commonwealth’s health systems are expected to receive 480,000 doses of vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna by the end of the month. There is an estimated 500,000 health care personnel and long-term care patients in the commonwealth.