Huntsville Hospital received first COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday
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Huntsville Hospital COVID-19 response

The doses are being prepped for administering to frontline healthcare workers beginning Wednesday. In the meantime, the vaccine is safely stored in those large ultra-cold refrigerators.

“We sit around the table and we talk about the phases,” said Senior Vice President of Huntsville Hospital Tracy Doughty. “We talk through a person entering a vaccine site to how long it will take to do the paperwork, to how many steps they will take to get to the vaccine, to how many stations we have.”

The vaccine will not be mandatory for Huntsville Hospital employees but an internal survey shows around 75% of the staff is planning to get the vaccine.

“For example, the employees with the Fever and Flu clinic, we know they are on the front line of COVID every day. The manager there will pick out the ones who want to go to make sure we aren’t getting five people from the same shift or same day.”

“For the first 6,825 we will reorder the second dose. The state is keeping that for us. They got the second dose ready for us we just got to order it.” Huntsville Hospital plans to ship some vaccines around the region to help employees outside of the metro area. It is still unclear when the hospital will receive another allotment of vaccines.

According to hospital administrators if you are a front-line health care worker who has already had the virus you are still eligible to receive the vaccine.

“We’re going to make sure our partner hospitals in our system and out of our system get their allocation out of our allotment,” said Doughty. “Physicians offices in the region and EMS providers, so we are prepared to take care of all of those vaccinations.”

The governor said 15 hospitals will receive the vaccine sometime this week. She said three will receive the vaccine Monday. Twelve others, including Huntsville Hospital, will receive the vaccine Tuesday.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines will be shipped directly to hospitals pre-identified by the ADPH. Alabama is receiving 40,950 doses in its initial allocation.

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