Orange County hospitals received the first batch of coronavirus vaccines on Wednesday, with a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange getting the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the county.
Frontline workers at UCI Health also received the vaccine on Wednesday, with about 3,000 units allocated to the hospital.
OC’s initial shipment was expected to include about 25,000 doses, with two doses required for each person.
UCI Health officials said they plan to vaccinate 2,000 people in the first group by Sunday and then move on to four other priority groups, including nurses and physicians in the emergency department and ICU staff and physicians, critical care clinicians, respiratory therapists and anesthesiologists, environmental services and dietary services, among others.
UCI Health also said it expects to receive its first batch of the Moderna vaccine next week.
After healthcare workers, people in nursing homes and care facilities are expected to receive the vaccine next, followed by essential workers, adults with underlying conditions and those over the age of 65.
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