Monongahela Valley Hospital Among the First in Western Pennsylvania to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine


(December 14, 2020 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital Among the First in Western Pennsylvania to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine photo
MVH's Pharmacy Director Margaret Brown, PharmD., and Douglas Prentice, the hospital's storeroom manager, unpack the vaccine.
On Dec. 14, Monongahela Valley Hospital was among the first health systems in Western Pennsylvania to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

"In order to receive the vaccine in the first shipment, we met all of the qualifications mandated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania," explained Margaret Brown, PharmD., director of Pharmacy at Monongahela Valley Hospital. "We have the ability to maintain the vaccine at the temperatures required and the capabilities to vaccinate the number of people stipulated within the designated time frame."

"We are thrilled that Monongahela Valley Hospital is at the forefront of helping to put a stop to the spread of this virus," said Louis J. Panza Jr., the Hospital's president and CEO. "Since the pandemic began, we have been vigilant to provide our staff with the proper personal protective equipment and to maintain a clean and safe environment. Having the ability to immunize our staff and physicians is another key action in keeping our community safe."

MVH received the Pfizer vaccine which is administered in two doses approximately 21 days apart. The Pfizer vaccine is 50% effective after the first dose and 95% effective after the second dose.

MVH cautions that until the vaccine is widely available to the public, people should continue to practice social distancing, wear masks and clean their hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.

Monongahela Valley Hospital Among the First in Western Pennsylvania to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine photo
Douglas Prentice, Monongahela Valley Hospital's storeroom manager, (l.) takes delivery of one of Western Pennsylvania's first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine from UPS personnel Bryan Johnson (c.) and Stephen Burdelski.

Monongahela Valley Hospital Among the First in Western Pennsylvania to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine photo
MVH's Pharmacy Director Margaret Brown, PharmD., and Christopher Coccari, RN, director of Perioperative Services, place the COVID vaccine in the freezer.


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