December 23, 2020
Bradenton, FL - Blake Medical Center has received its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and will begin vaccinating caregivers deemed highest risk tomorrow, December 24th a 7:00 am. The Moderna vaccine received the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency use authorization (EUA) on Friday, December 18 and is the second vaccine to receive this approval.
“The safety of our caregivers remains first and foremost and we are excited to be able to provide this vaccine now as positive COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the community,” explained Randy Currin, President/CEO Blake Medical Center. “Our caregivers have been relentless over the past ten months in caring for our patients and we thank these healthcare heroes for all they are doing for our patients and our community.”
The vaccine is being distributed to caregivers based on a tiering structure of COVID-19 exposure risk and is optional for all caregivers. As additional supplies of the vaccine are received, the tiering process will continue until all caregivers who want the vaccine receive it.
“We are extremely pleased to be providing our caregivers the protection this COVID-19 vaccine provides,” says Kimberly Hatchel, Chief Nursing Officer for Blake Medical Center. “As caregivers, we are proud to lead the way out of this crisis through vaccination and remaining vigilant about masking, social distancing, and handwashing.”
The Moderna vaccine can be stored in standard hospital refrigeration systems and so it can be shipped directly to hospitals. Like the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, it also requires two doses to provide the best protection against COVID-19.
For more information, visit our website and click on the Vaccine Information tab in the Our COVID-19 Response center.