OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — CHI Health vaccinated the first five frontline health care workers in its 14-hospital system with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Monday.
"History wise...I put this up as some of the most significant events in medication and vaccine history for us because it's a game changer," CHI Health President of Pharmacy Mike Tiesi said.
CHI Health and Bryan Health received their first vaccines early Monday morning and began vaccinating later in the day.
"It's been very hard. To see a light at the end of the tunnel and have this vaccine, what we need in order to get over this pandemic, is amazing," Bergan Mercy ICU Supervisor Amanda Clanton said after she received her vaccine Monday.
Shipments have been sent out all across the country as the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine Friday.
"Today is probably one of the most exciting and historical days in my career, almost 40 years of it. To have this vaccine, to have the process in how the vaccine is going to help mitigate the COVID pandemic that we currently have out there, this is the hope we've been looking for, waiting for. I can't wait until this gets into the hands, or the arms, of the general public later this spring," Tiesi said.
Nebraska Medicine and Methodist Health System expect to recieve their first shipments Tuesday morning.
FIRST VACCINATIONS FOR NE FRONTLINE WORKERS: In moments, 5 CHI healthcare workers will be some the first in the state to get vaccinated for COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/4k8YClhvyz— Ruta Ulcinaite KMTV (@RutaUlcinaite) December 14, 2020
HAPPENING NOW: CHI Health is administering some of the state’s first COVID-19 vaccinations.— Kent Luetzen (@KentLuetzen) December 14, 2020
They will be giving the shot to five frontline healthcare workers at Bergan Mercy.
On the frontlines of history, right now! pic.twitter.com/miVFCPBfJU
The hospital received its first shipment of the vaccine early Monday morning. Other shipments are arriving in Nebraska throughout the week.
BREAKING: Methodist and Nebraska Medicine have confirmed they will be getting their vaccine shipments tomorrow morning and will begin vaccinating first responders as early as Wednesday/Thursday.— Ruta Ulcinaite KMTV (@RutaUlcinaite) December 14, 2020
Here’s a look at some of the first vaccines in Nebraska!!— Kent Luetzen (@KentLuetzen) December 14, 2020
We are told these boxes are called “thermal shippers,” helping keep the vaccine at minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit by using a lot of dry ice.
So cool!!! https://t.co/CGHdjBOmf6