First shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Humboldt County

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HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) — The FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use late Friday, and the first shipment has officially made its way to the North Coast. According to the Public Health Department, 975 doses arrived in Humboldt County Monday morning.

The vaccines are being stored in a negative 80 degree Celsius freezer at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka. Public Health will be working with health care providers in the next few days to distribute the vaccines. Public Health will be following the CDC’s recommendation and those first doses will be going to health care workers in the county.

Just a reminder, the Pfizer vaccine requires 2 doses, and the second dose should be given 3 weeks after the first. A second shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could happen as early as next week.