Coping with COVID: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Kansas City today, first doses delivered to TMC

Monday morning saw the arrival of the first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in the metro. Truman Medical Center and University Health are among the first to receive dose and will begin administering the vaccine as early as this afternoon.

The first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Kansas City on Monday morning.

Officials with Truman Medical Centers and University Health said the first shipment of vaccine arrived Monday morning, and officials are now in the process of preparing to administer the vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the vaccine late Friday. It capped an unprecedented global race to speed vaccines through testing and review, chopping years off the normal development process.

The hospital said it plans to start administering the vaccine to workers on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as early as Monday afternoon, with emergency department, ICU, and COVID-19 ward staff taking precedence.

Officials did not say how many doses arrived today, but eventually all 4,500 Truman Medical Center employees will be vaccinated.