Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest health care system, today received approximately 3,000 doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine as part of the state’s Phase 1 distribution plan.
Recently the FDA granted an Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. Lifespan will provide the vaccine to high-risk front-line health care workers across its hospital sites.
“Lifespan is grateful for this allocation of the first coronavirus vaccine to help protect high-risk health care workers who are needed to treat our patients,” said Lifespan President and CEO Timothy J. Babineau, MD. “We are ready to quickly distribute the vaccine and after long months of battling this pandemic, we have powerful reasons for optimism that the end is in sight.”
Lifespan is preparing to rapidly administer the vaccine to its health care workers later today, starting with those at highest risk, including providers and staff who have direct contact with COVID+ patients or COVID+ infectious fluids or materials. Lifespan’s goal is to vaccinate all employees over the next several months.