CHICO, Calif. – Enloe Medical Center administered its first two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, marking an important moment in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic as local numbers continue to rise.
Dr. James Moore, Emergency Medicine Physician, and Lydia Banks, an Intensive Care Unit Nurse, are the first two to receive the vaccine at Enloe.
California allocated nearly 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Butte County, which includes approximately 3,000 doses from Pfizer and 7,000 doses from Moderna. Of these doses, nearly 5,000 have been allocated to Enloe Medical Center.
The early doses of both vaccines are prioritized to healthcare workers who are most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. The vaccine is not available to other healthcare workers or the general public at this time.
Enloe Medical Center is the first of the three hospitals in the county to receive them.
“It’s important to note that the only reason Enloe is receiving the vaccines before the other two hospitals is that when the state opened the process, Enloe submitted their application right away and it was submitted a week or two before Oroville or Orchard,” explained Danette York, Director of BCPH. “So it’s not a preference, it’s just a matter of timing.”
Both Oroville and Orchard hospitals have submitted applications to become approved Covid-19 vaccine providers. Those applications are under review by the state. Butte County Public Health officials say they anticipate those applications to be approved soon.
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