DENVER (CBS4) – The COVID-19 vaccine is expected at Denver Health in a few weeks. It comes on the same day that Colorado successfully completed the simulation to prepare for the arrival of the coronavirus vaccine.
– We’re very excited. We see this as a solution, an “epidemic” for this epidemic, ”said Dr. Connie Price, the Denver Chief Medical Officer.
CBS4 Brian Maass confirmed the news to Dr. Price shortly after he obtained the notice sent to employees this week. The vaccine is expected to be the Pfizer vaccine, which is still awaiting FDA approval, but is expected to expire. Once that happens, implementation is expected to be fast. You can arrive as early as mid-December.
“The first is our healthcare workers, so we have a first phase that includes healthcare workers, including those in long-term care facilities and individuals at the highest risk,” he explained.
A priority system will apply.
“If you’re not in the priority group, don’t sweat, you’ll get vaccinated soon,” he said.
Vaccination will require two scheduled visits, three weeks apart.
“If you got your first dose of Pfizer vaccine, we need to make sure we got your second dose of Pfizer vaccine,” he said.
And Dr. Price wants to set some expectations.
“When some people get the flu shot, they sometimes feel a sore arm, sometimes they feel a little bad,” she warned.
Denver Health expects to handle thousands of vaccinations, which also means they also plan to have enough storage space.
“You need a special freezer that can cool to -80 ° C,” he added.
After being widely available, Dr. Price also said those who already had the virus would like to get the vaccine as well.
“This is because we don’t have complete knowledge about COVID-19, whether the previous infection allows for lasting immunity,” he said.