MOUNT GILEAD — Following recent FDA approval of a COVID-19 vaccine, Morrow County Hospital received its first 100 doses of the vaccine Monday from the Ohio Department of Health, with the first 10 doses being administered that afternoon.
A second dose will be scheduled in 28 days to complete the vaccine process, according to a news release.
“I’m very excited to be getting the vaccine and can’t wait to finish the second dose as well,” said Naveen Bekkam, MD, internal medicine hospitalist, Morrow County Hospital and the first recipient of the vaccine at the hospital.
The vaccine will be administered first to front-line teams in the hospital, including those with direct patient contact. We anticipate it will be available for the general public by late spring/summer 2021.
“We are very excited about this next step in the battle against the deadly COVID-19 diseases,” said CJ Miller, president and chief executive officer of Morrow County Hospital.
“We have worked diligently to get the vaccine, to plan for our staff to get vaccinated, and to continue to care for our patients at the very highest levels. Our staff has answered the call, they have worked tirelessly to save lives, and now this vaccine is for them, to keep them healthy as the battle against COVID-19 continues.”
There are several resources, including the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 vaccination at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html.