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Vail Health receives first shipment of COVID vaccine

John LaConte

Eagle County received its first shipment of the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday at Vail Health Hospital in Vail.

Vail Health is one of eight hospitals around the state to receive Pfizer’s vaccine after a FedEx van delivered the first shipment to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s lab in east Denver on Monday.

The first dose will be administered to a health care worker on Wednesday, said Sally Welsh with Vail Health.

Vail Health was chosen to be one of eight vaccine distribution centers based on its deep freezing capabilities, which are required to preserve the Pfizer vaccine. On the Western Slope, Vail and Grand Junction are the only two areas serving as distribution points.

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