The first vaccines for the coronavirus touched down in Norfolk and Haldimand this week at Norfolk General Hospital.
This shipment involves the Pfizer vaccine, which is one of the first developed and approved for mass distribution.
“Today is a historic day for our hospital and a huge step forward in how our region will combat COVID-19,” says Lucy Bonanno, president and CEO of NGH and West Haldimand General Hospital in Hagersville.
“We hope this marks the beginning of the end of a difficult time for our hospital and the communities we serve. We look forward to working with our hospital partners on getting this historic project off the ground and we hope it will have a positive impact on our communities.”
The Pfizer vaccine comes with challenges. At a budget meeting last week, Norfolk CAO Jason Burgess said the vaccine must be stored at temperatures in the range of minus 70 degrees C. Burgess noted that NGH has freezers capable of this deep cold, adding the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is in the process of installing this capacity as well.