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VDH announces state’s COVID-19 vaccination priorities

Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 5:11 PM EST
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(WDBJ) - Following the federal government’s announcement of new information regarding Operation Warp Speed, the Virginia Department of Health announced Friday the state is expected to receive an estimated 480,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from two manufacturers (Pfizer and Moderna) by the end of December 2020.

The first wave of distribution will go to health care workers and long-term care facility residents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted Tuesday to officially recommend these groups as top priorities for the vaccination.

The Virginia Disaster Medical Advisory Committee and the Virginia Unified Command voted to adopt these recommendations and put the priorities in place.

The first shipment of vaccines is estimated to be received from Pfizer by mid-December and must be stored in ultracold storage of -70 degrees Celsius. People who directly care for COVID-19 patients will be first among health care workers to receive the vaccine.

Weekly shipments will follow this first delivery. The majority of long-term care facility residents will be given doses onsite from CVS and Walgreens’ teams through a federal CDC-pharmacy-LTCF partnership.

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