Health systems across the U.S. are beginning to receive an initial supply of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 following its emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration with approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and they are expecting the same soon for the Moderna vaccine. For many health systems, prioritization for the first doses is being given to frontline healthcare workers who are responsible for treating patients with COVID-19.
In this segment of TriHealth’s Health Talk Live, Local 12’s Liz Bonis speaks with TriHealth Chief Medical Officer Kevin Joseph, MD, and Director of Perioperative Services for Good Samaritan Hospital Brandon Ballaus. They explain who among TriHealth’s frontline team members will be receiving the first doses and why. They also talk about what the vaccines mean for their team members who have been working tirelessly to care for patients during this pandemic. They offer reassurances of the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines as evidenced by the EUA and explain how these particular vaccines work and share some of the common symptoms that patients may experience after being vaccinated.