State health officials outline plan for COVID-19 vaccine

As some of the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are being administered in the state, health officials are outlining who will receive it.  State Health Secretary Kim Malsam-Rysdon said Wednesday that the state has received 78-hundred doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week and is scheduled to receive 14-thousand-600 doses of the Moderna vaccine next week.  She said that they are working with healthcare partners across the state in administering these doses.

Malsam-Rysdon said that the next priority group during this first phase is long-term care residents, and then other healthcare workers, first responders, and law enforcement. She said the state has a chart outlining the priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccine.  Malsam-Rysdon said those who receive the first dose of the vaccine will then receive a second dose within 21-to-28 days.  She said that people need to be assured that the vaccine is safe.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Joshua Clayton said that even though the COVID-19 vaccine is starting to be administered in the state, people need to continue to take all the necessary precautions.

More information on the vaccine priority groups can be found below.

COVID Distribution Infographic