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Buffalo General Medical Center frontline worker receives COVID-19 Vaccine

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Kaleida Health received its first supply of COVID-19 vaccines yesterday and began vaccinations late Monday afternoon for physicians, nurses and staff that work in high risk areas across the health system.

Shawn Covell, a critical care nurse in the intensive care unit at Buffalo General Medical Center, was the first frontline healthcare worker at Kaleida Health to receive the vaccine. Laura Goetz, a nurse in Employee Health at Buffalo General Medical Center administered the first COVID-19 vaccine. (Photos  courtesy of Joe Cascio/Kaleida Health).

Facts About the COVID-19 Vaccination Program at Kaleida Health:

• Vaccination will be voluntary
• Per New York State directive, vaccines will be offered first to employees, providers and residents working in high risk areas and then opened up to those in other areas as vaccine supply allows and in line with the expectations set forth in the New York State Department of Health prioritization matrix
• Kaleida Health’s allocation of vaccines is dictated by New York State
• Vaccines will be a two-part process, which will be 21 days apart (*Please note different vaccines require shots at different intervals)
• While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use
• According to Pfizer data presented to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), these vaccines are 95% effective with severe adverse reactions occurring in 0.0% to 4.6% of participants

Mary Friona

Mary Friona

Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.