UC Health, Greater Cincinnati’s academic healthcare system, administered the very first COVID-19 vaccines in the region today, marking a historic chapter in the global pandemic that first reached the region on March 13 and a significant first step in protecting the community from the ongoing impact of the deadly virus.
Frontline healthcare workers who interact directly with COVID-19 patients within UC Health hospitals were the first to be inoculated against COVID-19, the respiratory illness that has caused the deaths of nearly 300,000 people across the United States.
“This is an historic moment for our community, our region and the nation,” said Richard P. Lofgren, MD, president & CEO of UC Health. “From the beginning, UC and UC Health have participated in finding a cure as a clinical trial site, and our healthcare workers within our hospitals have tirelessly served on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19 for more than nine months. We are proud to have been selected as one of the very first healthcare systems to receive the vaccine.
“Our role as one of the very first recipient sites for the vaccine underscores the unique and critically important role that UC Health plays in our region and treating those who have been most significantly impacted by the virus,” Lofgren said. “This vaccine will help us to ensure that the members of our healthcare team who are uniquely qualified in the region to address critically ill patients and medical challenges presented by the virus, remain healthy so that they may continue to serve the broader community and region.”
Members of the intensive care unit (ICU) and emergency department (ED) teams at UC Medical Center and West Chester Hospital, as well as frontline workers at Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, are among the first to receive the first of two doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and approved for emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.