Beaumont Hospitals start administering second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to healthcare workers

‘I still feel like we’re on target,’ Dr. Nick Gilpin said

Beaumont Health begins second COVID-19 vaccine doses

DETROIT – On Tuesday, some of the first Metro Detroit frontline workers who got Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine were able to receive their second dose.

Three weeks ago Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont Health Director of Epidemiology, was the first at Beaumont to get the COVID-19 vaccine. On Tuesday, he received his second dose. He said he’s encouraged by the rollout so far.

“We want to get all of our healthcare workers and employees vaccinated as quickly as possible. We set a goal of doing that in about six weeks. We’re three weeks in. We’re just a little shy of halfway, so I still feel like we’re on target,” Gilpin said.

Beaumont is now able to vaccinate about 3,200 employees a day. They’re already running the next phases of distribution, and looking forward to being able to offer the vaccine to other priority groups.

Beaumont officials said 12,000 more doses of the vaccine were arriving on Tuesday. Half of those are the second doses for frontline workers who already received the first dose.

They have sent 31,000 more invitations to staff to schedule their appointments to get vaccinated.

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