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South Bay Hospitals to Get Pfizer Vaccine as Moderna Vaccine Awaits Approval

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Santa Clara County on Thursday will continue its vaccination rollout for health care workers and people who work at skilled nursing facilities, all of whom are receiving the first of two Pfizer shots.

Meanwhile, a second COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Moderna, could be approved for use in the U.S. by the end of the week. 

The FDA is expected to approve the emergency use authorization of the Moderna vaccine, and an advisory committee will meet virtually Thursday to consider it's recommendation.

If approved, 6 million doses could begin shipping next week. 

In the South Bay, staff at skilled nursing facilities will get the Pfizer vaccine Thursday morning.

In San Francisco, UCSF showed video of staff getting the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday.

Dr. Jennifer Reid said that after months of working with coronavirus patients and being afraid of bringing the virus home to her sick mother, she's looking forward to feeling safe. 

“We feel resilient like we can take on anything, but it's good to have a little break,” she said.

UCSF was expecting the vaccine shipment Monday, but 975 doses arrived Wednesday.

The hospital says it should have more than 11,000 doses by the end of the month.

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