Pfizer vaccine to be administered to front-line health workers Wednesday in Santa Cruz Co. – KSBW Monterey

The first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived on the Central Coast via Fed Ex, Tuesday morning. Nearly 2,000 doses will be administered to front-line health workers in Santa Cruz County on Wednesday.Santa Cruz County is the first county on the Central Coast to receive their vaccine shipment. Under the watchful eye of hospital security, Tuesday afternoon Dominican’s allotment of the vaccine was delivered to a secure area where it will be locked up overnight in an ultra-cold freezer.”We will put it in a box that actually have triple lock storage area under security,” said Paul Angelo, Dominican Hospital Disaster Coordinator.Dominican Hospital will receive 1,300 doses of the 1,950 Pfizer vaccinations and plans to administer the drug Wednesday.”Based on where they work in the facility, they’re at risk as far as contact with COVID patients. They’re willingness to receive the vaccine and risk factor,” said Angelo.Watsonville Community Hospital will receive 650 doses for its front line workers.”That’s based on the number of health care providers at each of those facilities and it also has to do with how quickly they can give the vaccine,” said Santa Cruz County Deputy Health Officer Dr. David Ghilarducci.Watsonville Community Hospital also has a plan for their first tier of front-line health workers who will receive doses Wednesday.”It’s going to be all of those we deem being at high risk. Again, the vaccine is intended to not only benefit the hospital and benefit those who are in need of it,” said Watsonville Community Hospital CEO, Sean Fowler.The vaccine arrives just as Santa Cruz County hits 100% ICU capacity and the Bay Area Region which Santa Cruz County is part of is at 15.8% which pushes the county even closer to a stay-at-home order.The Santa Cruz County Health Department is also expecting a shipment of 2,800 Moderna vaccinations later in December.

The first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine arrived on the Central Coast via Fed Ex, Tuesday morning. Nearly 2,000 doses will be administered to front-line health workers in Santa Cruz County on Wednesday.

Santa Cruz County is the first county on the Central Coast to receive their vaccine shipment. Under the watchful eye of hospital security, Tuesday afternoon Dominican’s allotment of the vaccine was delivered to a secure area where it will be locked up overnight in an ultra-cold freezer.

“We will put it in a box that actually have triple lock storage area under security,” said Paul Angelo, Dominican Hospital Disaster Coordinator.

Dominican Hospital will receive 1,300 doses of the 1,950 Pfizer vaccinations and plans to administer the drug Wednesday.

“Based on where they work in the facility, they’re at risk as far as contact with COVID patients. They’re willingness to receive the vaccine and risk factor,” said Angelo.

Watsonville Community Hospital will receive 650 doses for its front line workers.

“That’s based on the number of health care providers at each of those facilities and it also has to do with how quickly they can give the vaccine,” said Santa Cruz County Deputy Health Officer Dr. David Ghilarducci.

Watsonville Community Hospital also has a plan for their first tier of front-line health workers who will receive doses Wednesday.

“It’s going to be all of those we deem being at high risk. Again, the vaccine is intended to not only benefit the hospital and benefit those who are in need of it,” said Watsonville Community Hospital CEO, Sean Fowler.

The vaccine arrives just as Santa Cruz County hits 100% ICU capacity and the Bay Area Region which Santa Cruz County is part of is at 15.8% which pushes the county even closer to a stay-at-home order.

The Santa Cruz County Health Department is also expecting a shipment of 2,800 Moderna vaccinations later in December.