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North Canton Pharmacy is Ready to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine in Long-Term Care Facilities

A healthcare worker prepares to administer a Pfizer/BioNTEch coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine at The Michener Institute, in Toronto, Ontario on December 14, 2020. - Ontario, Canada's most populous province and one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, had 1,940 new cases and 23 deaths on Monday.  The province is expected to give its next doses to nursing home workers as a priority, according to media reports. (Photo by CARLOS OSORIO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CARLOS OSORIO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker prepares to administer a Pfizer/BioNTEch coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine at The Michener Institute, in Toronto, Ontario on December 14, 2020. - Ontario, Canada's most populous province and one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, had 1,940 new cases and 23 deaths on Monday. The province is expected to give its next doses to nursing home workers as a priority, according to media reports. (Photo by CARLOS OSORIO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by CARLOS OSORIO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Absolute Pharmacy in North Canton is set to begin administering Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to long-term care facilities around Northeast Ohio as early as Friday.

The company is handling the cold chain management, on-site vaccinations, and fulfillment of reporting requirements.

Beth Husted is the coronavirus vaccine director for Absolute Pharmacy.

“Once received in the ultralow temperature thermal shipping device, we are then transferring them to a local hospital partner [Aultman Hospital in Canton] who has an ultralow temperature freezer for storage until we then will work with each of these facilities that we have been assigned so that we can come on-site and provide the COVID vaccine,” Husted said.

She said her team will visit more than 100 long-term care facilities. At each one, there will be several opportunities to receive the first dose of the vaccine.

The second shot is given 21 days later. All staff and residents are eligible to get the vaccine after signing a consent form.

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