Mercy Medical Center could be one of the first hospitals to get coronavirus vaccine

Coronavirus cases continue to spike each day in Shasta County. But two vaccines have hopes high that we could soon end this pandemic.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 5:43 PM
Updated: Nov 19, 2020 11:39 AM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - Coronavirus cases continue to spike each day in Shasta County.

“Our numbers are quite high,” said Robin Schurig, the Public Health Branch Director for the Shasta Health & Human Services Agency.

“I just want to point out that we are still in the purple tier, but we are well into the purple tier.”

But two vaccines have hopes high that we could soon end this pandemic. Pfizer and Moderna both created vaccines they claim are about 95% effective.

If approved, both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines could be available sometime next month. Pfizer is looking to apply for FDA approval in the next few days.

“Once it goes through and they actually meet the benchmarks for showing that it's effective and safe, and submit to the FDA, the vaccine is already manufactured and ready for distribution,” said Dr. Karen Ramstrom, Shasta County’s Public Health Officer.

Shasta County Public Health says it is optimistic about the efficacy of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

Shasta County health leaders say Mercy Medical is one of seven hospitals the state is looking to place a vaccine when it’s first available. But it's still unknown how much of the vaccine will be receiving.

“The hospitals are going to be the focus of this initial push,” said Dr. Ramstrom.

“Their focus is on high-risk healthcare workers. We anticipate that we'll be people who are caring for people with covid-19 or are likely to come into contact with those individuals.”

Because the first sets of vaccines will be limited, Public Health is looking to distribute the vaccine in a phased approach.

Phase one would be health care workers and first responders. Phase two includes critical populations and other essential workers. When there is enough of the vaccine, phase three would be the general population.

“I'm hopeful for our community that we can get this vaccine spread out as quickly as possible,” said Jacob Toomey of Sacramento. “If they had one today ready to go, I would take it that's for sure.”

But some are a little more cautious and willing to wait.

“I would probably wait for a couple of weeks and see how it is faring with all the people who are taking it,” said Greg Reinmann of Redding.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1114524

Reported Deaths: 18726
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3645207438
San Bernardino845311129
Riverside806761400
San Diego71648968
Orange696941554
Kern38316445
Fresno35973471
Sacramento33133546
Santa Clara30676463
Alameda27485499
San Joaquin24649503
Contra Costa22412258
Stanislaus20370416
Tulare19752303
Ventura18040174
Imperial15053353
San Francisco14445158
Monterey13886113
San Mateo13203169
Sonoma11428155
Merced10986176
Santa Barbara10922133
Kings1003886
Solano934980
Marin7518128
Placer577867
Madera571480
San Luis Obispo561835
Yolo419975
Shasta409542
Santa Cruz389827
Butte366459
Napa275717
Sutter263813
El Dorado19304
San Benito174115
Yuba173210
Lassen14803
Tehama143523
Mendocino138522
Nevada10189
Lake83218
Glenn8296
Humboldt7309
Tuolumne7088
Colusa6426
Mono4993
Siskiyou4951
Amador45016
Calaveras43421
Inyo28316
Del Norte2731
Plumas1770
Trinity1130
Modoc1110
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