Vac­ci­na­tions Of Covid-19 For Nursing Home Employees And Staffs Might Begin Soon

Vac­ci­na­tions Of Covid-19 For Nursing Home Employees And Staffs Might Begin Soon

In New York City, coronavirus vaccines could commence as early as next week, given that the Food and Drug Administration signs off in the coming days. The first to roll up their sleeves would be New Yorkers who are either at risk or fighting the infection on the frontlines.

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Karen Cunningham said that she is very excited about the Covid-19 vaccine. She added: “I’m a COVID ICU nurse. That’s all I do all day long. I want it.”

The COVID-19 vaccinations bring Karen Cunningham, a nurse who cares at Lenox Hill Hospital for seriously ill COVID-19 patients, light in a dark moment.

She said that often it’s just hard because nursing aims to improve individuals. After all, when you do ICU nursing during COVID, you know, it’s tough to nurse patients who end up dying. You do your best, but still, you get a little bit crushed when they don’t make it.

The number of patients with COVID-19 is growing, and the patients she mentions appear very ill.

“It’s shocking how bad it is,” she said. “I do believe the next two weeks to two months it’ll just keep increasing till we plateau, through the holidays.”

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Lenox Hill Hospital reported to NY1 that it would be one of the state hospitals to collect a shipment of Pfizer and BioNTech’s first 170,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that will arrive in the state on Tuesday, December 15.

The freezing capability was established by staff at the hospital. It is essential to store Pfizer’s vaccine at almost negative 100 degrees.

NYC Department of the Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi said that they have been planning and preparing for months for this task, which ultimately boils down to taking a safe and effective vaccine and turning it into a vaccination.

City health authorities believe it is only the first phase of a complicated procedure to store the vaccine properly.

Chokshi said that then also getting it into the place where people can get the vaccine, they have to track them through their data systems…

State Health Authorities say all nursing home patients and workers in the state should be protected by 170,000 Pfizer vaccinations, which require two inoculations weeks apart, and 40,000 Moderna vaccines, which often need two shots weeks apart, are kept at a daily freezer temperature.

The healthcare staff is due to collect the next batches in January.

Cunningham said that there’s still this nagging fear that someone you love will make you sick.

As she was going to get another COVID-19 exam, she spoke to NY1. It will be a game-changer to have her father vaccinated.

She said that his father remembers her less and less as he is a nursing home resident with Alzheimer’s and that she cannot meet him. She is also not able to touch him and don’t know when that’ll change. 

The Governor has said that a shortage of support for the facilities to deliver the vaccine effectively is one of the significant challenges facing the state. He is turning to the federal government for that.

 

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