BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The first COVID-19 vaccines were administered to essential healthcare workers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Wednesday.
The Dana-Farber Institute received its first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday. In the first phase of vaccinations, the hospital's clinical and non-clinical patient facing staff will receive the vaccine.
In the second phase of vaccinations, expected to begin February 2021, individuals with co-morbidities who may be at high risk for COVID-19 complications, like the patients at Dana-Farber, will be eligible to be vaccinated.
On Wednesday, the Institute's first vaccinations went to Barbara Jones, who works in Adult Ambulatory Services, Tony Fonseca of the Environmental Services Department, Nurse Practitioner Michelle Shaffer of Occupational Health Services, and Kim MacKenzie of Dana-Farber Medical Oncology.
Massachusetts is expecting 300,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be delivered by the end of December. The first vaccines, manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer, will require two doses administered three to four weeks apart.
Written by Brit Smith
(Photo: Dana Farber Cancer Institute)