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Lakewood staff and residents receive COVID-19 vaccine

This is phase 1a of the vaccine distribution which is intended for health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities.

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Lakewood Health System's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Christine Albrecht received her vaccination from Jody Yeager, licensed practical nurse. Submitted photo

STAPLES — Staff and residents at Lakewood Health System and Lakewood Care Center started to receive their first round of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

A second dose for each person receiving the vaccine will be scheduled and given 21 days after the first, a news release stated.

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Staples Care Center resident Jackie Harkcom received her vaccination from Katie Paine-Santos, registered nurse. Submitted.

This is phase 1a of the vaccine distribution, which is intended for health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities. A workgroup at Lakewood has been working on the planning and coordination of the vaccine distribution for Lakewood staff and residents, including prioritization and care of staff wanting to receive the vaccine.

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It is unknown when the vaccine will be available to the public, but Lakewood will continue to share information as it is available, the release stated.

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