A national ice cream giant is helping the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit keep future shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine cool with a recent sub-zero donation.
Chapman’s Canada has given an industrial-size freezer to the local health unit for storage of the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which needs to be kept at -70C.
The vaccines stored in the freezer will be used for the rollout of the region’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan.
“The support from Chapman’s Canada through the donation of this freezer will help us immensely in our efforts to vaccinate Windsor-Essex County residents against COVID-19 in the coming months,” said health unit CEO Theresa Marentette on Monday. “We are extremely grateful for this donation.”
It will help a great deal, and we appreciate it.
Based on news from the federal government, the local health unit expects to receive more shipments of the Pfizer vaccine, rather than the Moderna vaccine which it had received to inoculate long-term care and retirement home residents with.
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The Moderna vaccine does not require temperatures as cold as the Pfizer vaccine. Marentette said the donation from Chapman’s Canada will allow the health unit to store doses in the county during the vaccine rollout.
“It will help a great deal, and we appreciate it,” said Marentette, who also specified the freezer did not come with any ice cream.
Windsor Regional Hospital acquired three specialized COVID-19 vaccine freezers capable of dipping to -80C in December, as well as four freezers to store the Moderna vaccine at -25C. Since then, the hospital has been administering doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the St. Clair College SportsPlex to hospital workers and staff and essential caregivers at long-term care and retirement homes.
A total of 23,946 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to Windsor and Essex County residents. Of those, 1,184 people have received only their first dose, while 11,381 have received both doses.