N.C. health leaders release first-week COVID-19 vaccine allocation details

How does the COVID-19 vaccine work and who will be getting it in NC?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - North Carolina health leaders have released details of the COVID-19 vaccine allocation plan for the first week of distribution.

All sites receiving Week 1 allocations are hospitals.

Officials say the 11 facilities receiving advance/early shipments are but a portion of the sites included in the week-1 distribution. The 11 facilities have sufficient ultra-cold-storage space to get and hold vaccine pending final authorization.

No site will be able to administer vaccine until after final FDA authorization and recommendations from the CDC on who the vaccine is appropriate for approval.

And for any reason, should the CDC recommendations be delayed, the first 11 facilities will have to continue to hold the vaccine.

After the CDC makes its recommendations, the manufacturer will begin shipping vaccines using dry ice to an additional 42 hospitals in the state. Officials say these hospitals were chosen based on bed capacity, health care workers and county population.

The federal government will determine how much vaccine will go to each state based on population.

North Carolina expects to receive 85,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine in this first shipment. These will be shipped in batches of at least 975 doses.

So each location must be able to store this amount in ultra-cold storage or keep the shipping container refilled with dry ice for up to 30 days or use the doses within 10 to 15 days without refilling dry ice.

Officials say they do not yet know Week 2 allocations, so they do not have a list of hospitals that will receive Week 2 doses nor how many.

The list of hospitals is below:

Hospital Week 1 Allocations - Doses
Blue Ridge HealthCare Hospitals, Inc 975
Caldwell Memorial Hospital 975
Cape Fear Valley Health System 2,925
Hoke Hospital 975
Bladen County Hospital 975
CarolinaEast Medical Center 975
Carteret County General Hospital 975
Catawba Valley Medical Center 975
Frye Regional Medical Center 975
DLP Wilson Medical Center 975
Duke Raleigh Hospital 1,950
Duke Regional Hospital 1,950
Duke University Hospital 2,925
Moore Regional Hospital 1,950
CaroMont Regional Medical Center 1,950
Granville Health System 975
Betsy Johnson Hospital 975
Haywood Regional Medical Center 975
Margaret R Pardee Memorial Hospital (Henderson County Hospital Corporation) 975
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital 975
Iredell Health System 975
Johnston Health Services Corporation d.b.a. Johnston Health 1,950
MH Mission Health, LLLP 2,925
Nash UNC Health Care 975
New Hanover Regional Medical Center 2,925
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center 2,925
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center 2,925
Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center 975
Onslow Memorial Hospital, Inc. 975
Randolph Hospital, Inc DBA Randolph Health 975
Rex Hospital, Inc 2,925
Rutherford Regional Health System, Duke LifePoint 975
Southeastern Regional Medical Center 975
CMC Enterprise (Atrium Health) 2,925
Atrium Health Cabarrus (The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority) 1,950
Atrium Health Pineville (The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority) 1,950
Atrium Health Union (The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority) 1,950
Atrium Health Cleveland (The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority) 975
Atrium Health Lincoln (The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority) 975
Atrium Health Mercy, a facility of Carolinas Medical Center (The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority) 975
Atrium Health University City (The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority) 975
Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital 2,925
Wesley Long Hospital 1,950
Alamance Regional Medical Center, Inc. 975
UNC Lenoir Health Care 975
UNC Medical Center 2,925
Vidant Medical Center 2,925
Vidant North Hospital 975
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center 2,925
High Point Medical Center 975
WakeMed Raleigh Campus 2,925
WakeMed Cary Hospital 975
Wayne Memorial Hospital 975

Officials provided notes about the allocation:

  • This is only week 1. Vaccine is expected to arrive in North Carolina during the week of Dec. 14.
  • NC is only allocated 85,800 doses of Pfizer vaccine in Week 1 and they must be shipped in units of 975. Therefore, the state had 88 units.
  • The allocation was based on acute + ICU beds and then a correction factor of both population and number of healthcare workers in the county to account for places with low hospital beds as compared to overall population.
  • Of the 53 initial sites, 11 are the early ship sites. No site will be able to administer vaccine until after final authorization by both FDA and ACIP. After final ACIP authorization, likely within 24-48 hours, the remaining 42 week-one site allocations will ship from the manufacturer.
  • This is just the first week’s allocation. Because of the minimum ship amounts of the Pfizer Vaccine, officials say they prioritized hospitals where the number of healthcare workers were greater. The Moderna vaccine will be distributed in minimum ship amounts of 100 units, allowing officials to further distribute to additional hospitals and local health departments. The goal has been to ensure vaccine is administered rapidly to those at risk of contracting COVID-19 or at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and minimize the risk of excess supply at any particular provider.
  • Week 2 allocations will allow officials to get vaccine to more locations and every county in NC.
  • In week 2, officials say they are expecting to receive both Pfizer and Moderna vaccine.

More information about the NC COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, including the NCDHHS Interim Update on COVID-19 Vaccine (last updated Dec. 7) and FAQs can be found at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines.

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