When staff at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Medical Center in Mendocino, California learned the freezer storing 600 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine had quit, it was “all hands on deck” to ensure all of the doses found their way to patients before they became ineffective. The hospital quickly devised a plan to distribute the vaccine to elder care facilities, the sheriff’s office, and the local community. Within 15 minutes of the freezer failure, the first doses were administered and all doses were used in the 2-hour viability window. Adventist spokeswoman Cici Winiger said, “It’s just amazing to go toward one goal and get it done. I was just thinking in my head, can you imagine if we had more time to do this? If we have to do a massive vaccination later, we are golden. We can do this.”

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