The first round of COVID 19 Vaccines are being administered to staff at Lake Regional Hospital.
Officials say they started distributing the vaccine on Monday, as soon as it was ready.
According to Lake Regional CEO Dane Henry, his staff raced around the clock to secure the proper freezers for storage, and scheduled all staff to administer the doses.
The CDC guidelines require that all areas receiving the vaccine do a “Phase 1A” program first, before moving onto Phase 1B, Phase 2 and Phase 3, which is the general population.
Phase 1A includes Hospital Staff, long term care residents and staff, physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists, mental health workers and others in similar fields.
The Camden County Health Department indicated yesterday on Facebook that they had received 300 doses of the Vaccine.
On Monday, Dec. 21, Lake Regional Health System began administering COVID-19 vaccination to its staff members.
Distribution of this vaccine follows careful planning to ensure we provide the most protection possible with the supplies we receive,” said Lake Regional CEO Dane W. Henry, FACHE. “This vaccine is precious to our frontline workers, who have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic, and we are thankful that we can offer it to every Lake Regional team member, as well as other local health care workers.”
COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out nationwide in phases, per CDC guidelines. In Phase 1a, the vaccine is available to health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities. In addition to vaccinating its own team, Lake Regional is coordinating with public health agencies and other health care providers across its service area to provide them with COVID-19 vaccination beginning next week.
“Our team has worked through immense challenges to provide vaccination now – from securing the freezers required for storage to scheduling staff to administer the doses,” Henry said. “We’re excited to be a part of this effort to control COVID-19.”
Learn more about Lake Regional’s COVID-19 response at lakeregional.com/covid19.