The first coronavirus vaccines were distributed at SoutheastHEALTH on Wednesday. A total of five employees received their vaccinations. Officials said they expected to receive a total 2,925 doses of the Pfizer brand vaccine that is two-dose series given three weeks apart. Because of the initial, limited supply of the vaccine currently available, the first group to get doses of the vaccine will be hospital employees throughout the region and in Cape Girardeau County. Officials say the vaccine is not mandatory for employees. They say they reached out to the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center, local hospitals and long-term care facilities in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Dexter, Sikeston and Perryville in order to organize vaccination efforts for Southeast Health staff members. When healthcare workers are vaccinated, SoutheastHealth will begin cooperating efforts to offer vaccinations for populations that are at a high risk. As the current vaccine expands, SoutheastHealth will start a phased approach that will be directed by officials with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The currant coronavirus vaccine will be available to all residents around the state in the second phase of vaccinations as the vaccine grows.