December 28, 2020
Largo Medical Center has received its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and began vaccinating caregivers deemed highest risk on December 24, 2020. The Moderna vaccine received the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency use authorization (EUA) on Friday, December 18 and is the second vaccine to receive this approval.
Adam Rudd, CEO of Largo Medical Center shares, “The safety of our caregivers has remained first and foremost throughout this pandemic and we are excited that we are now able to provide COVID-19 vaccines to our frontline caregivers. Their persistence and dedication to our patients over the past ten months is incredible and I wish to thank each and every one of them.”
Approximately 210 caregivers received the first dose of the Moderna vaccine at the first clinic.
The vaccine is being distributed to caregivers based on a tiering structure of COVID-19 exposure risk and is optional for all caregivers. As additional supplies of the vaccine are received, the tiering process will continue until all caregivers who want the vaccine receive it.
The Moderna vaccine can be stored in standard hospital refrigeration systems and so it can be shipped directly to hospitals. Like the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, it also requires two doses to provide the best protection against COVID-19.
For more information, visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page.