COVID vaccine headed to local repositories

Vaccines are being delivered but none have been received locally yet.

Pfizer’s new COVID-19 vaccine is on the road. Nurses and other healthcare workers from New York to New Orleans have already received the inoculation. But as of Monday afternoon, Kalamazoo County hospitals had yet to collect their doses.

Kalamazoo County Health Officer Jim Rutherford said the health department expected to obtain 975 doses of the vaccine in the coming days, according to MLive.

Bronson Methodist Hospital is anticipating 1,950 doses sometime this week, according to spokesperson Carolyn Wyllie.

“We plan to start vaccination within 24 to 36 hours after receiving the vaccine doses and kits for administration,” she said in a statement to WWMT.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

A weekday morning email roundup of Kalamazoo stories and events.

Ascension Borgess Hospital is also awaiting shipments of the vaccine.

Michigan is expecting to have 84,825 doses of the vaccine in total during the first shipment. That could still take more than a week to arrive to some places, according to Michigan Health and Hospital Association spokesperson Ruthanne Sudderth.

There is another vaccine on the horizon. One developed by Moderna is undergoing review by the Food and Drug Administration and could be approved by the end of this week.

Support local. Donate today to Kalamazoo's only locally owned and independent daily news organization.

We won five Michigan Press Association awards, thanks to you!

Click here to see which ones