A fierce winter storm battered the northeast, causing delays, injuries, and nearly delayed the vaccination of healthcare workers at Holy Name Medical Center. Thankfully, the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine came through.
A U.S. panel Thursday endorsed emergency use of a second COVID-19 vaccine. A committee of independent expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted, after seven hours of discussion, to recommend the use of a vaccine developed by U.S. drug manufacturer Moderna Moderna, one week after federal regulators authorized the first vaccine for emergency use.
As snow fell outside, it was a long night inside the pharmacy at Holy Name Medical Center, with staff wondering if the storm would impact the shipment of 975 doses of the COVID vaccine they were expecting to arrive. NBC New York’s Sarah Wallace reports.
Gov. Phil Murphy said the winter storm that hit New Jersey Wednesday night disrupted “some amount of the delivery” of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state, but minimally so. He said Thursday morning that the 47 hospitals expecting to receive their first delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine would still receive it. 19 vaccine would still receive it.
Nurse Reynaldo Pella, left, was one of five staff members to simultaneously receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. The hospital received almost 1000 doses of the vaccine in the middle of a snowstorm which blanketed much of the Northeast in snow.
A vial containing doses of a COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. The hospital received almost 1000 doses of the vaccine in the middle of a snowstorm which blanketed much of the Northeast in snow.