Jackson Health System in Miami-Dade County and Memorial Healthcare System in southern Broward County are among a handful of providers who are working with the Florida Department of Health to help roll out about a million doses of the vaccine. The company’s preliminary data has shown the vaccine to be 95% effective across all age groups.
The company announced on Friday that it was seeking emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This first step could lead to a rollout of vaccine doses for front-line healthcare workers next month, according to Dr. Tom Macaluso, Senior Vice-President and Interim Chief Medical Officer at the Broward hospital network, who also thinks that Florida will receive 1 million doses of the vaccine to distribute throughout hospitals statewide.
At Jackson Memorial, the hospital system is setting up a voluntary vaccination program for its employees, which would start with doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff members who work in COVID wards, and then move out throughout the system to other providers and high-risk patients.
For those who receive the doses, the two injections might be enough to last quite a while, according to a new study indicating that the immune system’s memory of a novel coronavirus infection could last several years, warding off future infections.”We’re all looking for something that’s hopeful,” Macaluso said in reference to the study. “That’s something that’s hopeful,” he added.
Source: Miami Herald