Coronavirus: Troy hospital gets first batch of vaccines, will administer them to frontline workers

Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy received 600 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine Monday morning. Vince Yahl, the pharmacy site manager at Upper Valley, unpacks the doses. Photo courtesy of Premier Health

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Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy received 600 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine Monday morning. Vince Yahl, the pharmacy site manager at Upper Valley, unpacks the doses. Photo courtesy of Premier Health

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Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy received 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine Monday, making it the first Premier Health location to receive a shipment and one of the first in Miami County.

Vince Yahl, the pharmacy site manager at Upper Valley, said this unexpectedly early shipment is an “early Christmas gift for all of us.”

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Premier Health is anticipating it will receive 5,900 doses from Moderna this week. The hospital system expected shipments to begin arriving Tuesday. Upper Valley will vaccinate 10 frontline health care workers today. They will need another shot in 28 days.

Dr. Scott Kanagy, the chief medical officer at Upper Valley, said the vaccine will go to health care workers caring directly for COVID-19 patients. He said the hospital system will follow CDC guidance and not hold back vaccinating individuals to ensure a second dose is available as Premier expects future shipments.

Gov. Mike DeWine said last week that Ohio plans to administer Moderna vaccines to frontline health care workers, whereas Pfizer vaccines will be given to staff and residents at long-term care facilities.

The Pfizer vaccine, which was the first to receive emergency use authorization by the FDA, arrived in Ohio last week. Nine hospitals across the state received their first shipments last week, including Springfield Regional Medical Center.

The FDA authorized the Moderna vaccine on Friday.

The state is expected to receive another 140,400 Pfizer vaccines this week, as well as 201,000 Moderna vaccines.

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Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy received 600 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine Monday morning.

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Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy received 600 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine Monday morning.

Credit: Premier Health

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Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy received 600 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine Monday morning.

Credit: Premier Health

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Under Ohio’s vaccination distribution plan, shots are being administered to health care workers and staff at long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, assisted living centers, veterans homes, psychiatric hospitals and care facilities for those with developmental disorders or mental health disorders.

Both the Morderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses of the shot to be vaccinated. As of Sunday, 5,930 people in Ohio had received their first shot, according to the state health department.