Northwest Ohio hospitals prepare for COVID-19 vaccines

Some could be approved for use and arrive in December.

TOLEDO, Ohio – The President, Governor of Ohio, and local health officials have focused on an important development to help contain the spread of COVID-19: a vaccine.

Some are in the final stages and could be shipped across the country as early as December.

After months of social distancing, quarantine and waiting, serious talks have begun about the spread of the coronavirus vaccine – something many are ready for.

“At least something is coming to an end, I think. Better than what we went through where there was no hope,” said Toledoan William Slover.

“I think it could be a bit of a step forward,” said Toledoan Laura Warts. “But I’m a little scared because there is no time to develop vaccines.”

Dr. Brian Kaminski, vice president of quality and patient safety at ProMedica, says it is normal for people to be concerned about how quickly the new COVID-19 vaccines are being developed. It will be optional when it is expected to be available in mid-December.

“Although we as a healthcare system don’t expect to commission it, we will strongly promote it and we believe that it is a big, if not the best, solution to overcoming the pandemic,” said Kaminski.

Three large pharmaceutical companies have developed vaccines that appear to have a 90% or greater success rate.

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Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require a second shot after a few weeks.

The most at risk such as the elderly and those with compromised immune systems will come first along with the front line staff.

“We want to vaccinate those who are most at risk and put themselves at risk. So there are phases of deployment, and it all comes from Operation Warp Speed, which is affecting the state and local health departments,” Kaminski said .

After that, the goal is to make it accessible to everyone. And while some are still hesitating, others would have the vaccine tomorrow when it was ready.

“If a doctor recommended it, I would,” said Patrick Robarge.

“I would definitely get the COVID vaccine,” said Warts.

ProMedica has permission to receive doses once a vaccine is approved by the FDA.

As things develop, Kaminski recommends that you look to the CDC, WHO, and NIH as reliable sources for vaccine information.

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