BALTIMORE — The initial doses of the Moderna vaccine and additional doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived at Johns Hopkins Medicine on Wednesday.
Since supplies of the vaccine remain limited, they will continue to use their established prioritization framework and follow current plans for efficient vaccine distribution and administration.
The criteria for vaccine prioritization follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Clinical and non-clinical staff members essential to delivering care and support services to patients with or suspected of having COVID-19, or that otherwise have a higher risk of exposure to the virus, will be the first to be offered the vaccine through a random selection process.
Johns Hopkins Medicine said they are fully prepared and capable to receive and appropriately store, distribute and administer COVID-19 vaccines.
While a vaccine is now available, although in a limited supply, it is unclear if it prevents vaccinated individuals from carrying the virus and passing it along to others.
It is essential that everyone continue to practice proven public health measures to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, such as wearing a mask, frequently washing hands and maintaining more than 6 feet of distance from others.