Overlake Medical Center received the first of its Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations last week and began the inoculation of over 170 essential health care workers.
The highly-rated center has served the Eastside since 1960 and is pleased to be able to protect its staff, many that have been on the front lines since the very beginning of the pandemic, by offering the recently released vaccines.
Both critical care nurse, Belinda Thomas, RN, and critical care doctor, Todd Freudenberger, MD., were the first to undergo immunizations, having dedicated endless hours and expertise in the care and ongoing treatment of severe COVID-19 cases.
“This is a special day here at Overlake,” Tom DeBord, Chief Operating Officer said in a release last week, “We’re now able to give our staff the ultimate form of PPE: the COVID-19 vaccine. The Eastside was the first area to be impacted by COVID-19, and now we’re taking the first steps in bringing an end to this pandemic.”
Although the vaccine is not yet available to the general public, based on limited supplies of the two currently authorized vaccines, phase one of Washington State allocation guidance prioritizes those in high-risk health care settings.
The remaining Overlake staff will receive vaccinations as they are available in the upcoming weeks. Check here for community updates about future vaccines and continued distribution guidance as they are available.