There is a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel as Midland Memorial Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in West Texas to receive the Pfizer vaccine.

According to NewsWest 9, about 2,000 doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive by December 14, 2020 and MMH is one of 109 hospitals in the state to get it for distribution.

“It’s pretty exciting that we will be one of the first in the state and country to get the vaccine," said Kit Bredimus, Chief Nursing Officer, Midland Memorial Hospital.

Healthcare workers are going to be the first in line to receive the vaccine which will require two shots, three weeks apart.

“As we go into this, we know that those two doses are pretty efficient," said Bredimus. "But we don’t know how long that antibody response will last and if people will need to have boosters or whatnot. Right now they’ve said it’s going to be healthcare workers and nursing homes but they haven’t really clarified who qualifies for it."

The vaccine will not be required to get by Midland Memorial Hospital staff, they will be able to opt out. Some staff will not be able to get the vaccine, especially those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, those under 18, and those who are pregnant.

There is still not an exact date that the public will be able to get the vaccine but late spring or early summer is the target.

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