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EXCLUSIVE: A look at a Northwell COVID-19 vaccine storage facility

News 12 Long Island has an exclusive look at where the COVID-19 vaccines will be stored at Northwell Health once they get to Long Island.

News 12 Staff

Dec 11, 2020, 8:21 PM

Updated 1,285 days ago

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News 12 Long Island has an exclusive look at where the COVID-19 vaccines will be stored at Northwell Health once they get to Long Island.
Northwell is gearing up to receive vaccines as early as this weekend. The federal government has already sent the organization supplies like syringes that will be needed to administer the shot.
"Our teams are prepped and ready to go to receive that vaccine and store it appropriately and ultimately start administering as soon as possible," says Dr. Onisis Stefas, chief pharmacy officer for Northwell Health.
Dr. Stefas says the vaccine can't come soon enough. New York state is set to receive 170,000 doses, but it's unclear how many doses Northwell Health will receive.
Health care workers will be the first to receive the vaccine.
Nursing homes are also getting ready. Momentum at South Bay in East Islip has partnered with Walgreens and residents could get the first vaccine as early as Dec. 21.
"I think the beauty of coupling with Walgreens is that they will store the vaccine and it does have to be cold storage," says Joe Aplustille, assistant administrator at Momentum at South Bay. "They will transport, administer and track and we will also track the administering of the vaccine. We do have an incredible area all set up that meets all our infection prevention policies and that is where we will distribute it."
The photos and videos were shared with News 12 Long Island by Northwell Health.
Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine must be stored at -94 degrees.  Hospital staff members are getting ready to distribute the vaccine once it arrives.
The FDS could give the green light for emergency vaccine use as soon as today or this weekend.  Once that happens, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azare says people could start receiving shots by Monday or Tuesday.
Hospital members are getting ready to distribute the vaccine. 
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