the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Hackensack NJ, Hackensack University Medical Center employees are among the first in the state to receive Pfizer’s new coronavirus vaccine .
Hackensack Meridian Health, is the largest, most integrated health system in New Jersey, announced its first vaccinations against COVID-19 that prioritize frontline team members, who have heroically cared for more COVID-19 patients than any other health system in New Jersey.
Physicians, nurses and staff members working in direct contact with COVID-19 patients will soon receive the first of the two-dose regimen. The deployment will involve a corps of vaccinators whose ranks include retired nurses that are returning to assist the effort.
Hackensack Meridian Health received a limited supply to be distributed among its network in accordance with CDC guidelines, which will require two injections at least 21 days apart. Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine has demonstrated 95-percent efficacy against infection with minimal side effects, and works on messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, which instructs cells in the body to make different proteins.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is our safest, best shot at ending this pandemic,” said Daniel W. Varga, M.D., Chief Physician Executive, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Together and for each other, we need to get vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available and can’t forget to mask up and keep our distance. We’ve come too far and are too close to defeating COVID-19 and have to stay vigilant now more than ever.”