As vaccinations begin, scenes from a historic week at VCU Medical Center
A look at how it all unfolded.
Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020
It was a historic week at VCU Medical Center, as the first shipment of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine arrived and VCU Health began vaccinating front-line health care workers. Here’s a look at how it all unfolded:
Monday, Dec. 14
A COVID-19 vaccine appears to be imminent. VCU Health is prepared to receive it.
As VCU Medical Center awaits its first delivery of the vaccine, VCU Health News explains the plan in place to receive, store and distribute it. Read more
Tuesday, Dec. 15
First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrives
University photographers document the arrival of the first shipment. Meanwhile, Rodney Stiltner, Pharm.D., director of pharmacy services at VCU Health System, discusses the medical center's ultra-cold freezer and the process to prep for vaccinations. Read more
Wednesday, Dec. 16
COVID-19 vaccinations begin at VCU Health
Front-line health care workers are the first to receive the vaccine, with nurse manager Audrey Roberson the first of seven at VCU Health to be vaccinated. “Knowing what we've been through and knowing what we've done for the last 10 months here in the state of Virginia and here at VCU Health, having this vaccine and this opportunity was one that I was not going to allow to pass,” she said. Read more
In photos: Scenes from a historic two days at VCU Medical Center
University photographers capture the delivery of the vaccine and the first vaccinations at VCU Health. View photos
First vaccine recipient: ‘This is our chance to move forward’
In an interview with VCU News, Roberson, who works in the medical respiratory intensive care unit, stresses that vaccination is the right thing to do. "I trust the science." Read more
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