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COVID vaccine expected Tuesday at St. Francis in Grand Island

Bryan Health in Lincoln received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.
Bryan Health in Lincoln received its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.(Bryan Health)
Published: Dec. 14, 2020 at 11:49 AM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - CHI Health officials said Monday that the first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should arrive at St. Francis tomorrow.

CHI Pharmacy director Michael Tiese said that four boxes containing 975 doses each arrived Monday morning at 6:30 at Bergan Mercy hospital in Omaha. More were expected to arrive at St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Lincoln later Monday. Bryan Health also reported that they received vaccine doses Monday morning in Lincoln.

Tiese said that before they vaccine can be given to patients it would first have to be thawed out, rotated and diluted. It remains stable for six hours after it’s thawed.

Tiese called the vaccine and game changer and the most significant event in medical history in his lifetime.

Local4 will be following up on this story throughout the day Monday.

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