MemorialCare’s Orange County hospitals administer first COVID-19 vaccinations to frontline healthcare workers

A MemorialCare registered nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccination to a frontline MemorialCare doctor. Courtesy photo.
A MemorialCare registered nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccination to a frontline MemorialCare doctor. Courtesy photo.

MemorialCare has announced that its two Orange County hospitals – MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley and MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills – have each administered their first COVID-19 vaccinations.

In accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for vaccine prioritization, the hospitals’ frontline healthcare workers who interact directly with COVID-19 patients were the first to receive the first of two doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and approved for emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Each hospital received the first vaccine doses last week which will be followed by additional shipments in the coming weeks.

“Today, we can finally see the light at the end of what once appeared to be an endless tunnel,” said Marica Manker, CEO of Orange Coast Medical Center and Saddleback Medical Center. “From the very beginning, the MemorialCare family has embraced every challenge presented by the virus by taking the necessary precautions to protect our staff and patients, and with a tireless commitment to providing the highest quality of care to those afflicted. With the delivery of this vaccine, we are more hopeful than ever that we can defeat the virus.”

With initial vaccinations now underway, MemorialCare continues to implore its served communities and residents throughout Southern California to follow CDC guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“While the vaccine is not immediately available to the public, MemorialCare is working diligently on procuring as many doses as possible to meet the needs of our healthcare workers, patients, and community,” added Manker. “Until then, we ask everyone to continue to take the necessary steps to protect themselves and those around them to prevent and minimize the spread of COVID-19.”

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This article was released by MemorialCare Health System.