San Bernardino County is progressing smoothly in its efforts to widely administer FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, with an initial focus on high-risk health workers treating patients on the front lines of the pandemic.
“We have already provided initial doses to literally thousands of health care workers throughout the county,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “Our top priority is getting the vaccines to doctors, nurses, paramedics, and our other heroes working in hospitals and emergency medical facilities. We expect virtually all of our 112,000 health care providers to receive their first doses within the next few weeks.”
Both vaccines require two doses, 21 days apart for the Pfizer and 28 days for Moderna, and both have shown to be at least 94 percent effective at preventing symptomatic cases.
“We are receiving additional supplies of the vaccines every week, and have established a sophisticated system to ensure doses are properly stored and distributed to our partners as quickly and as efficiently as possible,” said Hagman.
As of Wednesday, Dec. 23, the following hospitals and medical centers are vaccinating frontline health care workers: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital; Barstow Community; Bear Valley; Canyon Ridge Hospital, Kindred Hospital (Ontario, Rancho), Chino Valley Medical Center, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, Desert Valley Hospital, Hi-Desert Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente (Fontana, Ontario), Loma Linda Medical Center, Loma Linda University Behavioral Health Medical Center, Loma Linda Children's Hospital, Patton State Hospital, Redlands Community Hospital, San Antonio Regional Hospital, St. Bernardine Medical Center, St. Mary Medical Center- Apple Valley, Totally Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Victor Valley Global Medical Center.