Hundreds of people, wearing bathrobes, pajamas or whatever they could throw away quickly, flocked to Seattle on Thursday night to receive Kovid’s vaccine, which was broken after freezing 1,600 doses, causing overnight vaccinations. The campaign went on.
Improvaptu vaccination began after a refrigerator malfunction at Seattle’s Kaiser Permanente Hospital, meaning modern vaccines had to be injected quickly or they would become less effective and would need to be thrown away. Health officials arrived at two other hospital systems in the city, and a urgent call was issued around 11pm alerting residents that they might come in if they had a rare chance to get vaccinated immediately.
“We have put these 1,600 doses in people’s arms over the next 12 hours,” said Caesar’s regional president for Washington, Susan Mulaney. A virtual news conference On Friday recounting the action of the hospital.
Hospital officials said that within minutes, there were long lines outside at least two medical centers, and by around 3:30 a.m. all vaccines had been put in place.
In interviews with local television stations, visiting patients said they were resting at home, washing dishes or watching the news when they saw that they suddenly had a chance to take shots. A couple said that after their daughter was in bed, she said that she had signed them for an appointment at one o’clock.
“We didn’t have time to dress up, so I came just like that,” said the mother, looking at her husband, who was wearing a bathrobe.
The situation in Seattle was just the latest example in which a breakdown of the inoculation process forced health officials to give the vaccine to anyone they could find. It also highlights the challenge posed by the two hitherto accepted vaccines in the United States – the need to keep both cool. Earlier this week, health workers trapped in a blizzard in Oregon walked from car to car, asking stranded drivers if they wanted a shot, after realizing that what they were transporting May have ended as they waited on the highway.
Seattle hospital officials told local news outlets that they had tried to prioritize older patients and others who were already eligible for vaccines in the state, but added that all vaccines before their first priority expired Had to leave.
“We’re tired, but we’re motivated,” said Kevin Brooks, chief operating officer of Swedish Health Services, in a statement that one of the two hospitals, vaccinated. “It was being vaccinated to see grandma in a wheelchair at 2 o’clock.”
Kaiser Regional President, Ms. Mulne said that each refrigerator and freezer at the Seattle location had been tested and were not functioning properly.