CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern is among 11 North Carolina hospitals that will receive the first shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine, and that vaccine will go to front line health care workers, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.
The list of facilities receiving the early shipments is small due to the limited supply of vaccines that will be made available.
“The initial supply of vaccines will all go to a limited number of hospitals to vaccinate health care workers at high risk of exposure to COVID-19 – those who are caring for or cleaning areas used by patients with COVID-19,” NCDHHS said.
According to a source in the New Bern medical community, CarolinaEast was among those chosen because of its strategic location and its ability to store large quantities at the minus-70 degree temperature necessary to preserve the vaccine.
The 11 facilities that will get the early shipments are:
- Bladen Healthcare LLC (Bladen County Hospital)
- Caldwell Memorial Hospital
- CarolinaEast Medical Center
- Catawba Valley Medical Center
- Cumberland County Hospital System Inc (Cape Fear Valley Health System)
- Duke University Health System
- Henderson County Hospital Corporation (Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital)
- Hoke Healthcare LLC (Hoke Hospital)
- The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority (CMC Enterprise)
- University of North Carolina Shared Services Agreement
- Wake Forest Baptist Health
More hospitals will get vaccine shipments during Phase 1a, NCDHHS said.