State health official updates lawmakers on vaccine latest

State health official updates lawmakers on vaccine latest
FILE - In this Sunday, March 8, 2020, file photo, Virginia state epidemiologist Dr. Lilian Peake speaks at a news conference, in Fairfax, Va., about the coronavirus. If federal regulators approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, Virginia could begin receiving limited doses as early as mid-December, Peake said Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, File) (Source: Luis M. Alvarez)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If federal regulators approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, Virginia could begin receiving limited doses as early as mid-December. That’s according to state epidemiologist Dr. Lilian Peake, who spoke with state lawmakers Monday.

Manufacturers already have begun stockpiling doses in anticipation of eventual approval, but the first shots in what’s expected to be the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history will be in short supply.

Peake outlined the phased approach Virginia plans to use to distribute the doses. She expects health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff will be prioritized.

However, a federal panel that will make those recommendations hasn’t yet issued its guidance.

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