UC Health, Greater Cincinnati’s academic healthcare system, administered a second round of COVID-19 vaccines today at UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital and Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, continuing the health system’s role in a historic chapter of the global pandemic that will protect the community from the ongoing impact of the deadly virus.
Frontline healthcare workers at West Chester Hospital who interact directly with COVID-19 patients were inoculated against the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the respiratory illness that has caused the deaths of nearly 300,000 people across the United States.
Members of the intensive care unit (ICU) and emergency department (ED) teams at West Chester Hospital received the first of two doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and approved for emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
“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.”