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Healthcare Workers First in Line for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in Illinois

December 15, 2020 

First inoculations began today, hopefully marking the beginning of the end of the pandemic

 
Over the weekend, the country received the promising news of the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization (EUA) paving the way for widespread administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. And there are more potential vaccines on the way from other pharmaceutical companies, with the FDA considering EUA for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine later this week.
 
Illinois healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents are expected to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine starting this week when more than 100,000 doses arrive in the state for distribution at ten regional hospital coordinating centers.
 
Even with this exciting news, the statistics are grim. In December more people have died of COVID-19 in the United States than from heart disease or cancer – the diseases usually leading the list – according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. And the state of Illinois is sadly one of the states leading the nation in number of deaths, the COVID Tracking Project reported.
 
ISMIE offers a variety of resources to help you and your practice navigate these challenging times. From how to talk to patients about why they still need to wear a mask to other considerations that your practice may want to think about, our COVID-19 risk management resources provide help for you.
 
If you have questions, please contact the Risk Management team by email.
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