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First shipment of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Charlotte

 Atrium Health was one of 11 health care providers in North Carolina to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, 277 days after the first case of COVID-19 in Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The first shipments of the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina Monday morning. 

The first batch of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center shortly after 11 a.m. Gov. Roy Cooper tweeted North Carolina received its first shipment of vaccines around 9:30 a.m. at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

"The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine have arrived in North Carolina," Cooper tweeted. "It's a limited supply for now, but this is a remarkable achievement for science and health. We all need to keep wearing a mask and acting responsibly while we get as many people vaccinated as fast as we can."

Dr. Katie Passaretti, the director of infection prevention at Atrium Health, was the first person in North Carolina to receive the Pfizer vaccine, according to Atrium Health. 

"I feel perfectly fine," Passaretti said. "Just a moment of cold, a moment of, like the potential for change of the course that we're on with the pandemic right now. I couldn't be more excited, I feel perfectly fine, I have no issues with the vaccine. Again, we just encourage everyone to get vaccinated."

North Carolina health officials reported 4,770 new COVID-19 cases Monday. Hospitalizations continue to be at a record peak with 2,553 people in North Carolina hospitals due to the virus.

On Thursday, an FDA advisory board met to discuss emergency authorization of the Pfizer vaccine. It will be distributed to 11 hospital groups in North Carolina beginning Monday

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