Community Hospital is one of five healthcare facilities in the state of Indiana to receive the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine this month, according to Indiana State Department of Health officials. The announcement was made during the governor’s weekly coronavirus news conference Wednesday, November 11 in Indianapolis.
Community Hospital was chosen as a pilot site based on its ability to store the first doses from Pfizer at super subzero cold temperatures reaching -60 to -80 degrees Celsius.
In accordance with federal and state guidelines, initial supplies of vaccines are reserved for frontline workers including healthcare workers, first responders and those at highest risk. A more widely available vaccine to the general public is still a few months away.
For more information about COVID-19 precautions and safeguards at the hospitals of Community Healthcare System: Community Hospital, Munster; St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center, Hobart, and specialty hospital Community Stroke & Rehabilitation Center, Crown Point, visit https://www.COMHS.org/coronavirus