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CentraState Healthcare System Vaccinates First Round of Employees to Protect Against COVID-19

CentraState Healthcare System Vaccinates First Round of Employees to Protect Against COVID-19

By |2020-12-17T17:29:17-05:00December 17th, 2020|

CentraState vaccinated more than 80 front line health care workers today with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and scheduled each to receive the second, required dose within the manufacturer’s suggested time frame.

“This is the first step in our ability to get back to normal, and an amazing day for our organization and the entire community we serve,” said John T. Gribbin, president and CEO of CentraState Healthcare System. “We are so thankful that our employees, who cared for patients with COVID-19 in the last 10 months, are finally on their way to having protection against the virus.”

CentraState received 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, earmarked for employees who are at the highest risk for contracting the virus, including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and staff in the ICU, Emergency Department and other units. Both the Centers for Disease Control and the New Jersey Department of Health have provided guidelines on vaccine prioritization. Those who do not have close patient care will receive their vaccines at a later date as they become available.

“I am so relieved that we are finally able to get vaccinated to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the patients we care for,” said Hazen Yu, the nurse manager of the hospital unit that cared for the majority of COVID-19 patients, and one of the first employees to receive the vaccine.

CentraState’s team has been working tirelessly to prepare for receipt and delivery of the vaccines, including the purchase of a special refrigerator to house them at -80 degrees Celsius until they are ready for use. Processes were developed for everything from scheduling employees for the vaccine, to transport from the pharmacy to the point of care.

“I’m very proud of the work we have done in preparation for this historic event,” said Tom Scott, CentraState’s chief operating officer. “This challenge has tested the skills and tenacity of every employee, and I can say with confidence that we more than passed the test.”

Details on the availability of the vaccine to the public will be forthcoming.


CentraState Healthcare System is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, community-based health system that provides comprehensive health services in the central New Jersey region. In addition to offering a full range of leading-edge diagnostic and treatment options, CentraState serves as a valuable health partner focused on the latest ways to prevent disease, promote healthy behaviors, and help people of all ages live life well. Based in Freehold, CentraState is comprised of a 284-bed acute-care hospital, a vibrant health and wellness campus, three award-winning senior living communities, a charitable foundation, and four convenient satellite health pavilions. The system also offers a family medicine residency and geriatric fellowship training program in affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Among its many honors and accreditations, CentraState is one of only 2 percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® designation for nursing excellence four times. To learn more, visit

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