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Vidant Health receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine

Vidant Health receives first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine

Vidant Health has received its first shipment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Vidant received 3,900 doses of the vaccine, which will be administered to frontline team members across the system starting today, as outlined by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

In Phase 1, the following Vidant team members and other community health care providers will be among the first to be offered the vaccine: Health care workers and first responders who are caring for a COVID or “very likely” COVID patient and those highest at-risk for infection or severe illness.

“The vaccine offers incredible hope for our health care workers, families, friends, neighbors and the world,” said Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO, Vidant Health. “While this is a monumental step in overcoming the pandemic, we do not yet know when the vaccine will be available to the broader community. It remains vitally important that the community helps us stop the spread now by wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands often. We need your help.”

Vidant has full confidence in the products that have come to market and highly advocates that the public get vaccinated when the vaccines are available to the general public. Furthermore, Vidant is ready and available to partner with state agencies as plans for vaccine deployment evolve over the next few months.

Vidant Health team members store the first shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in an ultra-cold freezer on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

Media contact: BrianWudkwych, Vidant External Communications, 252-214-0782 or

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About Vidant Health
Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,708-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of more than 13,000 employees, nine hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multi-specialty physician and provider group with more than 500 providers in more than 90 locations in eastern North Carolina. Vidant is affiliated with The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit

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