New Mexico's Pfizer Vacinne Distribution Program
November 19, 2020
We all heard the news about Pfizer offering a vaccine to address the pandemic, bringing tons of faith to us all during these difficult times. However, if this vaccine gets approved, how is the state of New Mexico going to prepare and distribute it? There are a few things to take into consideration before this happens.
According to a recent article released by KRQE News 13
by Rachel Knapp, the state is coming up with a plan laid out in a 61-page document
. They predict to have a limited amount of vaccines to distribute initially, so their main focus will be frontline healthcare workers and those in long-term facilities. They also have a plan to keep track of who's received the vaccine by using several reporting systems.
All of this sounds great, right? But there is always an issue, and their main concern is storage. The state thinks that this vaccine will need to be stored in freezing units. Paul Ostrowski, who works with the government's Operation Warp Speed, explained the storage process and said, "Basically minus 80 degrees Celsius which is 94 degrees below zero Fahrenheit". Another issue is that rural areas might not have access to ultra-cold storage supplies, like dry ice, to store this vaccine.
It is not clear how many doses of the vaccine will be distributed across the United States, and it's unclear how many vaccines our state of New Mexico will receive either.
Let's hope that it all works out, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In the meantime, we invite you to get the full story here: New Mexico's preliminary vaccine distribution plan.