LOS ANGELES, CBSLA – The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccines on Tuesday, and the hospitals of the Orange Province will begin receiving supplies on Wednesday.

A large non-profit hospital in Los Angeles said Monday that the first healthcare workers to be vaccinated will be those working in intensive care and emergency services. We don’t know exactly how many doses he’s had.

The hospital has indicated that receipt of the vaccine is voluntary.

The Cedar-Sinai vaccine is stored in super cold freezers with temperatures below minus 80 degrees Celsius. Pharmacists check the treatment of the doses.

It’s very, very cold, said Rita Schein, director of Cedars-Sinai Pharmacy on Tuesday. You can see the steam coming out of the boxes. We fixed it and we’re very happy with it.

Cedars-Sinai will serve as a vaccine distribution base for five hospitals in Los Angeles County. It’s capable of holding over 450,000 cans on site.

Governor Gavin Newsom of California is watching as the director of pharmacy David Cheng on the 14th administers the KOVID-19 vaccine at the Kaiser Permanent Los Angeles Medical Center. December 2020. (Getty Images)

In the meantime, 25,000 doses of vaccine will be delivered to John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Wednesday.

The UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange will start administering vaccinations on Wednesday evening. Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach will begin administering the vaccine to primary care workers Thursday morning.

On Monday, nurses at the Kaiser Permanent Medical Center in Los Angeles were the first people in Southern California to receive Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. Government. Gavin Newsom and mayor Eric Garcetti were present at this historic event.

Los Angeles County expects to receive nearly 83,000 doses of the vaccine this week, with the first doses distributed to the 83 acute care hospitals for administration to critical care workers. Los Angeles County expects to receive an additional 150,000 doses of vaccine by the end of December, followed by a weekly allocation of 250,000 doses from January.

California as a whole is expected to receive 327,600 doses in the first spectrum. Pending federal approval for the immunization of the Moderans, the state was able to receive 672,600 additional doses in one week and up to 2.16 million doses by the end of the year.

Once the vaccines have been distributed to healthcare workers, qualified nurses and residents, priority will be given to key workers and then to those most at risk of serious diseases due to the virus, such as B. the elderly or people with underlying viral diseases, who have been vaccinated. The vaccine must be administered in two doses at an interval of 21 days.

Pfizer’s vaccine was developed in collaboration with its German partner BioNTech. It should be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius. Each box is shipped with 50 pounds of dry ice and 20 pounds of vaccine, as well as GPS plotters and temperature controls.

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the emergency use of Pfizer’s vaccine. Subsequently, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did the same on Sunday, allowing the vaccine to be administered throughout the country. The first trucks of approximately 184,000 bottles were picked up on Sunday from Pfizer’s factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All rights reserved. City News Service contributed to this report).

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