In what will forever be remembered as a monumental event in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Medical Center at Bowling Green is honored to have been selected by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Kentucky Commissioner for Public Health Dr. Steven Stack to be one of the first hospitals in Kentucky to receive an allocation of the initial Pfizer vaccine.
“We have been preparing for receipt and distribution since notified that Med Center Health was the designated recipient for our region,” said Connie Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Med Center Health. “We have seen first-hand the impact of this devastating virus on our patients, physicians, and healthcare workers as well as the community. The vaccine will be administered in accordance with priorities recommended by the Kentucky Department for Public Health first to our nursing home patients, then to the front-line clinical staff members caring for COVID patients here at Med Center Health.”
The Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer vaccine on December 11 after conducting a thorough evaluation of the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. The vaccine will be administered in a series of two doses, three weeks apart. According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, vaccine distribution details after this initial rollout — including the number of doses and allocation plan — are expected to change frequently.
“Now is not the time to let our guard down,” Smith added. “While the arrival of the vaccine is a game changer in the fight against this pandemic, we recognize that the delivery of subsequent vaccine for the general public will take time over several months. We all must continue to wear a mask, practice proper hygiene and keep socially distant. Let’s finish this together!”