Music and NPR News for Central and Northern Michigan
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Coronavirus vaccines arrive Monday at select healthcare facilities

14329622976_2ae10f5741_b.jpg
Syringe and Vaccine by NIAID is licensed with CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
/

The first round of coronavirus vaccine doses are expected to arrive at select health care facilities across the country on Monday, as immunizations should begin very quickly.

Freight trucks began moving vials of the vaccine from a manufacturing site near Kalamazoo Sunday.
An advisory panel recommended the Pfizer vaccine for emergency use last week, though some members were concerned about potential side effects in children and pregnant women. 
The chair of the panel is University of Michigan epidemiologist Arnold Monto.  He says the concern now is how states will handle distribution of the vaccine.
“There may be problems at the state level simply because the states have been stressed and they still have to take care of the cases that are being seen.” 
The advisory panel meets again this week to weigh whether to recommend another batch of vaccine made by a different company.