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'Like a human being landing on the moon:' Pfizer's COVID vaccine arrives in Hartford

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'Like a human being landing on the moon:' Pfizer's COVID vaccine arrives in Hartford

(WFSB) - Shipments of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine arrived in Connecticut on Monday.

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Pfizer's vaccine arrived in Hartford the morning of Dec. 14.

Hartford Hospital said it was one of the healthcare providers ready to receive the shots and vaccinate its healthcare workers.

The vaccine arrived mid-morning.

Hartford Healthcare started distributing the vaccine to a certain number of their doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists just before 11 a.m. after the vaccine was offloaded at Hartford Hospital.

Shipments of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine arrived in Connecticut on Monday.

It has taken nine months to reach this point.

Healthcare workers across the country are set to receive vaccinations on Monday.

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Shipments of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine arrived in Connecticut on Monday.

"I mean, it's our generation's man on the moon, and I think to think of it any other way is to do it a disservice," said Dr. Gabriel Bosslet.

The first doses left a plant in Michigan on Sunday.

They were shipped in ultra-low temperature freezers and needed to be handled with care.

Pfizer said it is planning to ship 2.9 million doses this week.

"The primary emotion that I feel is hope, which is something that we haven't felt in many, many months," said Dr. Robert Citronberg.

Sixteen thousand doses will go to healthcare workers in Connecticut this week.

Those who receive it will need two doses, three weeks apart.

There's going to be roughly a one hour gap between when the vaccine arrives and when it is distributed in order to allow for proper thawing.

The President and CEO of Hartford Healthcare Jeff Flaks, as well as other representatives, addressed the public on Monday.

Healthcare officials from Hartford HealthCare, along with Gov. Ned Lamont, spoke about the arrival of Pfizer's COVID vaccine on Monday morning.

Additional details on how other healthcare systems are preparing for the arrival of the vaccine have not been divulged yet.

The vaccine is expected to be readily available for most Americans by late spring to early summer.

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(5) comments

Shall Not Be Infringed

Imagine a vaccine that is so safe that you have to be threatened to take it, for a virus so deadly that you have to be tested to know if you have it...

Verdad

Imagine being such a snowflake crybaby that you feel threatened by an article about a vaccine.

Shall Not Be Infringed

Such an informative reply. Name-calling is always such a strong argument. You must be so proud! Thank you for allowing me into your head, rent-free.

Brian C. Duffy

You're both armed with only an aptly named 'mouse" in your hands. Keep firing those blanks, boys.

Brian Duffy ~~ Tariffville, CT

Verdad

Read your old posts. Name calling is your thing so please stop with the double standard. I am not proud.....or tired. Enjoy your sour grapes and wear your mask.

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