CEO Update | Our developing plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccines
After months of change, unease and hard work, our world readies itself for the promise of vaccination.
Safety and science have guided our decision making all throughout these times. The Food and Drug Administration assessed the Pfizer vaccine for safety and side effects. We agree with the assessment and expect to receive the vaccine in limited quantities very soon.
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Ohio Department of Health, call for the provision of the vaccine first to healthcare workers and long-term care facilities. At Cleveland Clinic, this will follow our mission of caring for caregivers and the patients we serve.
Our guiding principles are to distribute this vaccine safely, equitably and transparently, with an understanding that the greatest need is to maintain patient care during our current surge. Caregivers who take care of patients with COVID-19 will be offered it first. This will expand to other units and areas as the vaccine supply grows.
As supply allows, every caregiver is strongly encouraged to receive a vaccine, which will be a personal choice and not a mandate. Providing it to everyone who wants one is a logistical challenge we will work through in the weeks ahead.
- In Ohio, we will first administer the vaccine on main campus, which is where our storage units are located. This means caregivers will travel to main campus for the vaccine when it is their turn. As we learn how to best distribute it, we will open more sites.
You will receive an invitation in MyChart when it is your turn to receive the vaccine. If you do not have a MyChart account, please register now.
- In Florida, we are not a prepositioned distribution center. Leaders will communicate with our caregivers how they can receive the vaccine following state guidelines.
- At our other U.S. and global locations, distribution is coordinated by each state and country.
I appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to develop our plans.
We are confident the vaccine will slow down this pandemic and help bring about its end. This will take time, so we must continue mask wearing, physical distancing and other safe measures.
As with every major coronavirus development, we are sharing what we know about vaccines at this time. Please tell us your current feelings about the vaccine in this anonymous survey. Your aggregated responses will help guide our frequent communications.
It is amazing to consider the circumstances we faced and how far we have come. I look forward to providing you with additional updates.
Thank you for maintaining hope.
Tom Mihaljevic, MD
CEO and President
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Thank you for your continued dedication throughout this year.