Philadelphia front-line workers start receiving COVID-19 vaccine

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Front-line workers at hospitals across the Philadelphia area will be some of the first in line for COVID-19 vaccination shots on Wednesday.

Temple University Hospital and health system chief medical officer Dr. Tony Reed said their front-line workers will be the first in line to get the vaccine.

“We have folks coming primarily from our units where we treat COVID patients, emergency departments from our places that have high volumes and impact with COVID patients,” Reed explained.

They have 2,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine ready to go out this week.

“We’ll just continue on and we'll just go on through the line until we get to everybody,” he said.

Reed said just the knowledge that the vaccine is now available has energized the staff.

“There is a fervor, a buzz and an excitement that we haven't seen in a long time,” he said.

He's hoping they can start getting the vaccine to the public early next year.