St. Luke’s says the Valley’s first round of vaccines could be distributed in less than two weeks

Written by on December 4, 2020

 St. Luke’s says the Valley’s first round of vaccines could be distributed in less than two weeks

By Genesis Ortega

December 4, 2020

Photo| St. Luke’s University Health Network

Less than two weeks. That’s how quickly the Lehigh Valley could start to see coronavirus vaccines for the first round of residents.

St. Luke’s University Health Network has applied to distribute COVID-19 vaccines – and infectious disease specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Jahre, says he strongly believes they will be selected and ready to start vaccinating by December 15th. 

“The initial vaccine allotment is reserved for those who we feel may be at the highest vulnerability, and that includes health care workers and some of the highest risk patients.” 

Jahre says they’re likely to receive the Pfizer vaccine first – and then Moderna’s a week or two after that. 

The Pfizer vaccine is a two-shot vaccination that’s given three weeks apart and takes about another two weeks to kick in, so you’re not going to get an initial effect right away. 

Jahre says he expects the second round of vaccines to be available in another month. That would include essential workers in supermarkets and pharmacies. The general population should expect their shots by early spring. 

But Jahre warns it won’t mean the pandemic is over. He says that may take until the end of next year. 

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