Valley Health prepares for COVID-19 vaccine arrival
Valley Health is anticipating the arrival of an initial shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine in the next two weeks. The news comes as cases continue to spike in the region.
“While we are far from the end of this pandemic, the delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine signifies an important milestone in stopping the spread of the virus both in our community and nationally,” said Valley Health President and CEO Mark Nantz in a news release. “As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Valley Health has been participating in vaccine planning for several months. This vaccine will help protect our workforce and promises to be a game changer in the global effort to contain this virus.”
According to Public Relations Manager Carol Weare, Valley Health will follow guidance from Virginia and West Virginia health departments and hospital associations, which gives priority to vaccinating front-line caregivers most at-risk of contracting the virus.
Valley Health has also applied to be a vaccine distributor in Virginia and West Virginia and hopes to offer the vaccine to long-term care residents and the community once additional shipments are received.
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