CRH receives additional COVID-19 vaccines

Columbus Regional Health has received an additional shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as the nation looks to expand vaccination efforts against a coronavirus that has killed over 7,300 Hoosiers, including at least 78 in Bartholomew County.

On Wednesday, CRH officials said the hospital system received about 1,025 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine earlier this week and are anticipating a shipment of about 1,000 doses of Moderna Inc.’s vaccine by the end of the week, said CRH spokeswoman Kelsey DeClue.

So far, CRH has received a total of about 2,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and vaccinated about 1,175 health care workers in Bartholomew County and the surrounding area during the first four days of a regional clinic it is operating at a warehouse located on the corner of 17th Street and Keller Avenue.

The first full day of vaccinations was this past Friday, one day after the hospital system received an initial shipment of 975 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

CRH officials said they expect to receive “somewhere around 5,000 vaccines” over the next several weeks.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.