1,950 vaccinations to be given to frontline health care workers this week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2020) – Today Norton Healthcare began offering and administering the new COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health care workers. The not-for-profit health care system, with five acute care hospitals in Louisville, expects to vaccinate 1,950 employees this week. This number represents the total doses received in the initial shipment of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine recently granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“Our team members who take care of patients with COVID-19 on a daily basis are the first of our employees to be offered and have elected to receive this vaccine,” said Russell F. Cox, president and CEO of Norton Healthcare. “We look forward to having enough doses to begin offering vaccinations to our entire workforce.”
The first individuals to receive the vaccine this morning were from all areas of Norton Healthcare’s hospitals, including nurses, respiratory therapists, physicians, advanced practice providers and environmental services employees.
“There is a tremendous amount of excitement around this vaccine, not only from a standpoint of helping us move toward an end to the pandemic, but because of its significance in the world of vaccine development,” said Joseph M. Flynn, D.O., MPH, FACP, chief administrative officer of Norton Medical Group and physician-in-chief of Norton Cancer Institute. “We know that there are other vaccines under review by the FDA, and we hope that will expand access further.”