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AdventHealth Orlando might be one of many first hospitals to obtain COVID-19 vaccines

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Multiple reports say AdventHealth Orlando will be one of the first Florida hospitals to deliver COVID-19 vaccines.

Tampa General Hospital, UF Health Jacksonville, Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood and Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami are the other four Florida hospitals that will hold the vaccine while awaiting final approval to use it, officials said Wednesday.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel says the first vaccines are due to arrive in mid-December and another shipment is due in January. The vaccine is not yet approved for use, but the Sentinel writes that “the hospital-stored vaccine will be the one the government approves first, possibly Pfizer’s.”

In a statement, AdventHealth wrote: “Many details will be worked out over the coming weeks and months.” The Sentinel report states that administering the vaccine requires a step-by-step approach that creates groups by priority.

“In the first phase, the vaccine will be available to frontline health workers in hospitals, nurses and residents, and first responders,” Lidia Amoretti, spokeswoman for the Jackson Health System, told the newspaper.

A version of this post first appeared on our sister newspaper’s website, Creative Loafing Tampa.

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