Henry Ford Health System hospitals to distribute COVID-19 vaccine

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Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 4:05 PM EST
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DETROIT, Mich. (WJRT) - Five Henry Ford Health System hospitals have been approved as coronavirus vaccine distribution sites.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the designations on Wednesday.

Each of the five hospitals began installing specialized freezers that reach -85 degrees, which is required to store the Pfizer vaccine. Six other freezers that reach -25 degrees are being installed to hold the Moderna vaccine.

All of the freezers should be installed and ready to use by Dec. 1.

Both Pfizer and Moderna are in the final stages of developing a COVID-19 vaccine and Pfizer formally has requested emergency approval from the Food & Drug Administration to begin dispensing its vaccine to the general public.

An advisory committee plans on reviewing the vaccine by Dec. 10 and the first doses for the general public could reach Henry Ford Health facilities by Dec. 12.

Officials have not determined how many doses of the coronavirus vaccine that Henry Ford Health will receive.

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