Yesterday was a hard day, as we suffered the loss of our first resident to COVID-19. Our hearts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Today and yesterday did offer us some hope of preventing additional deaths and illness caused by COVID-19. Over the past two days, Tucker County Health department (TCHD) staff and volunteers vaccinated 20 of our residents and workers with the first Pfizer-BioNTECH COVID 19 vaccine.
The Pfizer-BioNTECH vaccines arrived in WV on Monday, December 14 and were quickly and efficiently distributed throughout the State. Members of the WV Joint Inter-agency Task force created a vaccination distribution Phased Plan for West Virginians. Based on the total amount of vaccine received in the State, the TCHD received 20 doses. Those dosages were specified and given to Tucker County HD, EMS workers and other first responders. A second shipment is expected next week to continue vaccinating additional first responders as directed by the State. Those receiving the vaccine will be receiving a second dose in January. Long-term care facilities were among the first in the State to also receive the vaccines. Yesterday, Cortland Acres vaccinated 130 staff and residents on the Cortland Campus.
As the State receives additional shipments and vaccines receive approval, more and more people will have the opportunity to receive the vaccinations. TCHD is asking you to please go get vaccinated when the vaccine is available to you. Stopping this pandemic requires using all the tools available to us.
The new COVID-19 vaccine has been evaluated in tens of thousands of individuals who volunteered to be vaccinated and to participate in clinical trials using the same methods for many other U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccines currently in widespread use. The information from these clinical trials allowed the FDA to determine the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines. These clinical trials were conducted according to rigorous FDA standards. The FDA has determined that the newly authorized COVID-19 vaccines meet its safety and effectiveness standards; therefore, the FDA has made these vaccines available for use in COVID-19 Vaccine Administered in Tucker County the United States under what is known as an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).