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Lake City Medical Center readying for vaccine

Updated 12-21-20

Staff Reports

With the Pfizer vaccine approved and being administered throughout the U.S. and now Moderna, which was cleared late Friday for emergency use authorization by the FDA, Lake City Medical Center is expecting to

have one of the vaccines in their possession before the end of the year and will administer it starting with their employees at greatest risk that wish to be vaccinated.

     In a statement released last Thursday by Lake City Medical Center CEO Rick Naegler, he said, “The Governor’s announcement (of vaccine approval) was exciting to hear and we look forward to receiving our first distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine very soon. Our clinical and operational teams have been preparing detailed plans to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to our interested colleagues as soon as we receive them.

     Though the vaccines will not be mandatory for our team members, we believe they are a major step towards ending this pandemic. We will follow national direction on vaccine administration recommendations, as well as our tiering system that ensures those at greatest risk of exposure to COVID-19 have access to the vaccine first based on national and state guidelines.

     As supplies increase, the vaccine will eventually be available for all of our colleagues who wish to receive it. Throughout the pandemic, our frontline care teams and the support functions behind them have focused on delivering the best possible care in the safest possible way.

     Our care teams have truly gone above and beyond, time and time again, and answered the call to care for others. Together, we have fought the pandemic, and now it is time to take the next step: administer vaccines that can ultimately stop the virus.”

          According to the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), they have learned of reports that some people have experienced severe allergic reactions—also known as anaphylaxis—after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site, seek immediate medical care by calling 911

According to the CDC website, all people who get a COVID-19 vaccine should be monitored on-site. People with a history of severe allergic reactions should be monitored for 30 minutes after getting the vaccine. All other people should be monitored for 15 minutes after getting the vaccine.