Area hospitals are among the first eleven in North Carolina to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Catawba Valley Medical Center and Caldwell Memorial Hospital are on the list of eleven. In all, 53 hospitals will get the early shipments of the vaccine, but the eleven on the first list had ultra-cold storage space available to store it until it is authorized. Besides Catawba Valley and Caldwell, the other nine on the list are outside the region. The first shipment is expected next Monday (December 14th).