Bayhealth administered the first doses of coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday to frontline staff.
Bayhealth was the first recipient of the Pfizer vaccine in Delaware. Kent County is seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases after having the state’s lowest infection rate.
Vaccines are being stored in specially designed freezers at Bayhealth Kent Campus with vaccines expected at Bayhealth Sussex Campus in the near future.
Vaccine distribution at Bayhealth goes first to individuals who are at greatest risk. While the vaccine is not mandatory at Bayhealth, it is highly encouraged.
“Our team members have been working tirelessly to ensure we are ready to treat our community throughout this pandemic and equally as important to ensure we are ready to distribute the vaccine as rapidly and responsibly as possible,” said Bayhealth President and CEO Terry M. Murphy. “Because of the expert preparation by our teams, we were able to swiftly receive and distribute the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. I couldn’t be more proud of our team for their fortitude and continued dedication to our community and to their profession.”
“The COVID-19 vaccine is a testament to the science and technology we have available today,” said Bayhealth Medical Director of Emergency Services Kelly Abbrescia, DO. “The speed with which the vaccine was created, manufactured, tested and met rigorous government requirements before it could be administered, is an impressive feat. Giving the vaccine to frontline staff ensures that we will have dedicated medical experts ready and available to care for our community as the pandemic continues.”
Bayhealth leaders have been working in collaboration with healthcare and state partners for several months.