TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare's first batches of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
TMH expects to receive an allotment of 5,600 vaccines on Wednesday.
The hospital is one of several Florida hospitals selected to receive Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Officals said a plan is already in place based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for vaccine distribution and the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
“On behalf of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, we are thrilled to receive our first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines,” said Mark O’Bryant, President & CEO of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. “Getting vaccinated, wearing a mask, social distancing and frequent hand washing will collectively help us get our families and communities back to normal.”
In addition to vaccinating their own frontline workers, TMH will distribute vaccines to other local healthcare providers so they can begin vaccinating their own frontline staff.
Those organizations include Bond Community Health Center, Neighborhood Medical Center, TMH Physician Partners, Capital Health Plan, Tallahassee Primary Care Associates and more.
The hospital is confident the Moderna vaccine is safe and effective.
“We understand our community may have questions about the vaccine and its safety," said TMH Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Andrea Friall. "After closely reviewing the research and current recommendations of experts in this field, we are confident this vaccine is safe and effective.”