COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA)— Pharmacists at a local hospital are preparing for the arrival of their first coronavirus vaccine shipment.
A brand new freezer was installed at the Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle to properly store the Pfizer vaccine at extremely cold temperatures.
Eli Hilton, Director of Pharmacy, said the freezer uses digital technology that constantly monitors the temperature.
He said the Pfizer vaccine is shipped directly to healthcare facilities in a special container lined with dry ice.
“You can be assured that when we get the vaccine that it’s still going to be of good quality,” said Hilton.
The Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored in temperatures between -112 degrees Fahrenheit and -76 degrees Fahrenheit.
However, Baptist Memorial Hospital will receive doses of the Moderna vaccine in their first shipment.
Hilton said they should receive 500 doses by December 21.
Once the vaccine arrives, Hilton said they will administer it to frontline workers first.
“I’m excited. I’m comfortable with the vaccine. It’s really a medical marvel that they accomplished this so quickly,” said Hilton.