St. Luke’s Health—The Vintage Hospital Receives First Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine
B-roll of the vaccine delivery can be accessed and downloaded HERE.
HOUSTON (December 17, 2020) – St. Luke’s Health—The Vintage Hospital in Northwest Houston today received the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and will begin administering them later today. The hospital received a total of 975 doses as part of the first round of allocation.
Steve Ferguson, Director of Spiritual Care at The Vintage Hospital, led a small group of front line staff in a special blessing upon the arrival of the vaccines. St. Luke’s Health has proactively prepared to receive, store, and administer vaccinations and is expected to begin administering the first vaccines Thursday afternoon.
Health care workers will receive the vaccine first, as outlined by federal guidelines, in order to ensure health systems are able to continue to provide care through the pandemic and beyond. St. Luke’s Health is following CDC and state guidelines for vaccine prioritization which includes health care workers who are at higher risk due to where they work as well as other factors.
At St. Luke’s Health, safety is our priority, and we only administer vaccines that the FDA has recommended as safe and effective. While there are always unknowns when a new vaccine is developed – including duration of protection, long term safety, or how the vaccine might respond to virus mutations in the future – there are enough data available to know that the vaccine being offered is safe and should be encouraged.
For more information, visit stlukeshealth.org/CovidVaccine.
About St. Luke’s Health – Texas Division
St. Luke’s Health is a fully-integrated network that provides care to the communities in Greater Houston, Southeast Texas, and the Brazos Valley through 16 acute care hospitals and over 270 access points including numerous urgent care centers, freestanding emergency departments, and clinics conveniently located across the region. With a team of 11,000 employees and caregivers and more than 5,000 physicians, St. Luke’s Health is dedicated to a mission of enhancing community health through high-quality, cost-effective care. A joint venture with Baylor College of Medicine, St. Luke’s Health operates Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center, a leading academic health center with quaternary care and advanced specialists. St. Luke’s Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. Learn more at StLukesHealth.org.