Mission could get vaccine dosages by end of week

The US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization to Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine last Friday to battle the spread of COVID-19, and it’s widely expected to grant EUA to Moderna’s similar vaccine next week. Vaccinations began rolling out Monday.

According to Nancy Lindell, director of public and media relations HCA Healthcare/Mission, the vaccine is scheduled to arrive at Mission by the end of this week.

“However, that schedule has already changed once, so it may change again,” she said.

“Mission” could mean several locations across the state, but Lindell said Mission Hospital in Asheville is the receiving location for the vaccine that will be distributed to the five regional locations associated with HCA, Mission’s parent company. 

“This first week, we are receiving 2,925 doses to allocate across the system. As you can imagine there are many moving parts,” she said.

There are lots of questions yet unanswered though it’s believed that front line workers, healthcare workers and residents in skilled nursing centers like Highlands’ Eckerd Living Center will receive the vaccine first.

The question is once the Eckerd Living Center residents get the vaccine, will their families be able to “physically” see them? Visit, touch?

Will they be allowed out of the facility for home visits, etc.?

Lindell said she will have concrete answers to questions soon.

“Once I have the particulars, I will let you know,” she said.

Learn more information about vaccination from NC Health and Human Services HERE.

By Kim Lewicki, Highlands Newspaper

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