UW Medicine administers Washington’s first COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday

UW Medicine administers Washington’s first COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday

"Canada is now contracted to receive up to 168,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before the end of December, pending Health Canada approval", Trudeau said in a news conference, according to Reuters.

It said 38 trial participants in the placebo arm of its trial tested positive for COVID-19 without exhibiting symptoms at the time of their second dose - almost triple the number in the vaccine arm of the trial.

Kindrachuk explained that a person's immune system will determine when the vaccine kicks in.

The first batch is being given to Lower Mainland health-care workers who work in long-term care homes and other health-care workers essential to the COVID-19 response, Dr. Bonnie Henry explained last week. Vail Health received 875 doses of the vaccine and will begin vaccinating staff on Wednesday.

The shipments follow Friday's FDA decision to issue emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine, which was found in Phase 3 clinical trials to be 95% effective and, in most people, cause only mild to moderate, short-lived side effects. "We are well-prepared and expect as smooth a process as possible". The first Pfizer vaccinations took place on Monday. "We encourage everyone to continue to practice the public health measures (hand washing, masking, social distancing) to help reduce the spread of the virus". On Vancouver Island alone, eight people have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The Moderna vaccine's less stringent storage requirements will allow remote communities and northern territories to start receiving vaccine for the first time. The U.S. government has purchased 100 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and orders for 200 million doses of the Moderna serum.

"I think we're still trying to figure out what that looks like in a population", he said.

"We expect it to be approved this month and have the vaccine delivered shortly thereafter", Barry said. An internal survey conducted by St. Charles indicates that over 90% of medical staff would elect to receive the vaccine when available.

But just half of Americans say they want to get vaccinated, while about a quarter do not and the rest are unsure, according to a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Health Research.

With reports of people experiencing allergic reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine, Kindrachuk said people need to focus on the numbers, which show these were isolated incidents and along the lines of what is seen with other vaccines. While it can not legally require people to get the vaccine, St. Charles will encourage all staff to do so.

"Some hospitals are at their limit", Legault told reporters.

The number of deaths from the disease in the US passed 300,000 on Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University, with about 2,400 people now dying per day on average.

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