LVHN, which was part of Pfizer clinical trial in September, will start vaccinating this week

Written by on December 17, 2020

 LVHN, which was part of Pfizer clinical trial in September, will start vaccinating this week

By Genesis Ortega

December 17, 2020

FILE – In this July 27, 2020, file photo, Nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting to discuss the process of approving COVID-19 vaccines. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

It’s official – the coronavirus vaccine has landed in Pennsylvania and the first doses will soon be administered in the Lehigh Valley. But it turns out that one healthcare provider already has experience with the vaccine.

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Lehigh Valley Health Network plans to start vaccinating this week once it receives its first shipment of doses from Pfizer.  

Lauren Grantz is the Director of Pharmacy Operations for LVHN Pharmacy Services. 

“This has the potential to impact every single person in our country. So I’d say that’s a pretty big deal and I’m really excited to be part of it.”

But this won’t be the first time Grantz has handled the COVID vaccine. The health network was part of Pfizer’s clinical trial in September. 

“Our hospital was the only hospital in the region that was part of the clinical trial for this vaccine, so we have experience vaccinating 75 people. Those were our own employees and people in the community.”

LVHN plans to begin by vaccinating its own high-risk, front-line workers in the Lehigh Valley, Pocono, Schuylkill and Hazelton campuses.  

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