By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: County of San Bernardino (Information):
Picture: County of San Bernardino (Courtesy):
Colton, California: Frontline healthcare workers at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 were the first in San Bernardino County to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
The County of San Bernardino received its first shipment of the vaccines Wednesday morning, which are anticipated to be disbursed to 19 hospitals within the county by the end of the day.
Posted publicly on the County of San Bernardino’s Facebook and Twitter pages, ARMC ICU nurse Sonya Harrell was the first to receive Pfizer vaccine at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, California.
Pfizer is shipping three million doses in this first wave, of which California is initially receiving 327,000 doses; 15,600 have arrived in San Bernardino County. Subsequent shipments of the vaccine are expected to continue arriving on a weekly basis, and a second vaccine from Moderna is only days away from FDA approval.
“We have a plan in place, and we will move quickly to protect our most at-risk and vulnerable residents. That includes making sure we handle and store the vaccine properly,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Chairman Curt Hagman.
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Chairman Curt Hagman also said noting that the Pfizer vaccine must be stored at -80 degree Celsius (-120 Fahrenheit), requiring special facilities and materials like dry ice (frozen CO2).
“We still face challenges from this virus, and will continue dealing with infections and illness for several weeks and even months. However, this is a crucial development that gives us hope for the future, and we will work tirelessly to ensure every county resident has a chance to get vaccinated at the earliest possible date,” said San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Chairman Curt Hagman.