Elisabeth Cote, a nurse at Bayhealth, on Tuesday morning became the first Delawarean to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Her shot came from the first shipment of vaccine, which arrived at Bayhealth Kent County Monday.
Cote, who works in the progressive care unit, is part of the Phase 1a group of frontline health care staff who are slated to receive the vaccine first.
“After nine long months fighting COVID-19, this is a moment of hope for Delaware and for our country. There is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Gov. John Carney in a press release. “Delaware’s nurses, doctors, nursing assistants, and non-medical staff have all demonstrated courage and leadership every day of this COVID-19 crisis. Now, nurses like Elisabeth Cote are leading by example again by stepping up to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It is because of them that we will beat this pandemic and come out stronger on the other side.”
“These vaccines will provide critical protection to our frontline workers whose lives are at risk every day due to COVID-19,” said Bayhealth President and CEO Terry M. Murphy. “I’m proud of how our team at Bayhealth has responded to this pandemic, especially as we take this first step to protect our entire community with the help of this vaccine in the months ahead.”
Delaware, which received 975 of its 8,775 pre-ordered doses from Pfizer, was one of the first states in the nation to receive initial doses of vaccine on Monday. The Delaware Division of Public Health), which is coordinating the state’s efforts to acquire and distribute the vaccine, expects to receive the remainder of the vaccine doses at its Kent County warehouse on Wednesday.