On Tuesday morning, an announcement was sent to all patient facing providers (physicians including residents, nurses, etc) at our health care system:
The crux of said announcement was: WE HAVE VACCINE. PLEASE COME AND GET IT!
Josh went last night:
I initially had thought the roll out would be more gradual – get the ICU staff done first, etc. However, apparently the supply of Pfizer that our health care system got was abundant and they developed a mechanism for high-throughput administration (something like 50 vaccination stations going 12 hours/day in one central facility!). There is sharing with neighboring health systems going on as well.
I signed up and will be getting mine on Friday. TOMORROW! Josh received his last night as shown above and reports that his arm is sore but otherwise all is well.
I feel compelled to mention my prior post on this topic which led to a bit of a firestorm. I still do not feel it was wrong to write about my unfinished thoughts at the time, but I hope everyone who continues to read here will be able to move past that. I will for the record state that since that post I have read the NEJM Phase 2/3 trial, listened to a helpful podcast featuring Dr. Paul Offit, spoken with collleagues, and done some reflection about what is right for humanity. Once I did those things, there was zero doubt in my heart when I went to sign up for my slot.
Onward and upward! To those waiting in various priority levels, I really hope the widespread rollout goes as quickly as possible. I am encouraged by the efficiency at which they have been able to get doses into health care workers and hopefully this model will translate to the community.
And yes, we will still be masking and distancing and taking all of the precautions we have been for the foreseeable future (until COVID-19 hopefully becomes some sort of memory. SOMEDAY!).