Kettering Health, Premier Health expected to receive COVID-19 vaccine next week

MIAMI VALLEY — Both Kettering Health Network and Premier Health are expecting to receive shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna next week, pending emergency use approval of the vaccine by the FDA.

Gov. Mike DeWine tells News Center 7 Kettering Health will receive 1,800 doses of the vaccine on or around Dec. 22.

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““Kettering Health Network expects to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine next week, and at that time, we will make the vaccine available to our employees and providers. We continue to collaborate with the Ohio Department of Health as plans are further developed.” Kettering Health said in a statement.

Premier Health Network said it expects to receive nearly 6,000 doses of Moderna vaccine next week to begin vaccinating its workforce.

The arrival time and amount of vaccine are subject to change based on distribution from the Ohio Department of Health, and the vaccine must still receive “emergency use authorization” from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

“At this time, the vaccination will be voluntary for Premier Health employees. However, we encourage staff to take the vaccine as a preventive measure when it is available to them,” Premier Health said in a statement.

Premier said its had a multidisciplinary vaccine planning team that has been meeting since October to make plans on vaccinating the network’s work force.

“The group has been focused on ensuring the necessary vaccination storage and associated supplies are in place; setting priorities for how the vaccine is administered; and determining logistics for how vaccinations will take place,” Premier Health said.