University Hospitals distributes first COVID-19 vaccines to caregivers

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
University Hospitals is proud to have been the first health system clinical trials site in Northeast Ohio for COVID-19 vaccines. Now, we’re seeing the positive results of participating in those trials. On Wednesday, December 23, we began vaccinating our caregivers with the first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna. UH is working with ODH, CDC and others and is following regulatory guidelines for vaccine distribution.
UH caregivers, regardless of their role, with the greatest risks of exposure to COVID-19 positive patients, are among the first groups to receive the vaccination. More than 17,000 healthcare givers have filled out a survey requesting the vaccine, and we will be working to vaccinate all of these UH caregivers as vaccine doses become available.
Dr. Howard Dickey-White, 69, Emergency Medicine Attending Physician and Faculty, received the very first COVID-19 vaccination (not connected to a clinical trial) administered at UH Cleveland Medical Center. Dr. Dickey-White is immunocompromised and pictured at left.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, UH has leveraged the strength of our 19-hospital system to provide the best care possible for all of our patients. We are proud of our caregivers in clinical and nonclinical positions for their dedication to patients during this critical time. Now that we have received vaccines and begun distribution, we are doing the work to bring this pandemic to an end.

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