Sanford's chief medical officer talks Moderna vaccine, side effects

The COVID-19 vaccine distribution is becoming clearer with the Moderna vaccine now on the market, according to Dr. Doug Griffin of Sanford Health.

Dr. Doug Griffin, Sanford's chief medical officer, speaks on COVID-19 vaccines. Tanner Robinson / WDAY

FARGO — COVID-19 vaccine distribution in North Dakota is going smoothly, but it may take a bit for the Moderna vaccine to get to health care workers in Fargo.

Dr. Doug Griffin, Sanford's chief medical officer, said it may take up to two weeks for hospital staff to get Moderna's doses, of which the state ordered over 13,000.

He said Moderna's version is mainly being prioritized to long-term care residents, but it shouldn't impact the vaccine distribution as a whole.

"We'll still be getting some Pfizer vaccines in," Griffin said.


About 4,000 of Sanford's roughly 10,000 staff members got vaccinated, according to Griffin, and none have had any major side effects.

He said the side effects they have felt reminds him of the side effects of a flu shot.

"Sore arm, maybe a little redness, for some people, low-grade temp feelings, but they typically resolve within the first 24 hours," Griffin said.

He expects nearly 1,000 more doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be shipped to them this week.

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Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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