Flu shot being used by UPMC to prepare for COVID-19 vaccine

Flu shot being used by UPMC to prepare for COVID-19 vaccine

PITTSBURGH — As scientists seek to develop a COVID-19 cure, a local hospital system is also working on its plans to administer an eventual vaccine.

On Thursday, Channel 11 got an inside look at an initiative meant to examine the ways in which UPMC could safely and rapidly immunize its staff members.

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Called “Operation One Shot,” the event inside UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital serves to provide numerous staff members with flu shots, without disrupting patient care. The event launched prior to COVID-19 and is now serving a dual purpose in light of the pandemic.

“We’re using this to get ready for a hopeful coronavirus vaccine so we can understand how to best mass vaccinate our population,” said Dr. Richard Beigi, President of UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital.

Magee is just one of more than a dozen UPMC sites taking part in the event. Other locations are testing out different methods.

Channel 11′s Liz Kilmer also spoke with the Director of Emergency Preparedness and will have more from him on Channel 11 News, starting at 5 p.m.

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