Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

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Extreme winter weather is dealing the first major setback to the Biden administration’s planned swift rollout of coronavirus vaccines just as the national vaccination campaign was hitting its stride.

The disruptions caused by frigid temperatures, snow and ice left the White House scrambling to work with states to make up “lost ground” even as President Joe Biden was set to visit a Pfizer vaccine manufacturing plant near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention track COVID-19 infection rates. In Grand Rapids, nine of the top 10 zip codes hardest hit by COVID-19 surround Metro Health – University of Michigan Health’s Community Clinic. More than half of Kent County COVID-19 cases have been recorded here.

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The Army general in charge of getting COVID-19 vaccines across the United States is apologizing for what he calls "miscommunication" with states over the number of doses to be delivered in the early stages of distribution. Gen. Gustave Perna says he failed but he's pledging to "move forward." Perna's remarks came a day after a second vaccine was added in the fight against COVID-19, which has killed more than 312,000 people in the U.S.

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Kent County along with health departments, healthcare providers and area universities are partnering with the launch of

“Thank you for checking out this website to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Dr. Adam London is director of the Kent County Health Department.

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Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health received its first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine early Monday morning and began vaccinating staff at 12:04pm. 

Per Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, frontline hospital workers across the country are receiving the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

At Spectrum Health the first groups getting the shots are the Emergency Room, Intensive Care and COVID-19 Units.

“So far, I feel fine. Not even a sore arm. It’s been about three-and-a-half hours.”

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The first of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials made their way to distribution sites across the United States on Sunday, as the nation’s pandemic deaths approached the horrifying new milestone of 300,000.