It has been two weeks since the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine arrived at Colleton Medical Center.
Since then, roughly 240 doses of the vaccine have been distributed by the hospital. While the bulk of the doses distributed were allotted for ER and ICU clinicians, many other members of the hospital staff and even some members of the Colleton Fire-Rescue were able to receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. The hospital has opened up the vaccine to all members of its staff.
Since the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is given in two doses 21 days apart, Colleton Medical Center is now gearing up to administer second doses of the vaccine to the first round of recipients next week. To coordinate this effort, the hospital has set up an email reminder system for its employees to ensure that everyone who received the first dose gets the second dose within the specified time frame.
“We feel very fortunate to be able to arm our staff with another tool against the spread of Covid-19,” said Sheila Williams, employee health RN at Colleton Medical Center. “So far our administration process has gone well and the hospital has had no reports of severe adverse effects.”
According to the CDC, following the second dose, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 95% effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 illness in people without evidence of previous infection.
Roughly two million people in the United States have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine so far.
Under the guidance of the CDC, Colleton Medical Center will continue to use all tools available to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and other infections. This includes the use of masks, hand hygiene, social distancing, and visitation limitation.