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Moderna vaccine arrives in Shasta County

The second Covid-19 vaccine, Moderna, arrived in Shasta County on December 22.

Posted: Dec 23, 2020 6:46 PM
Updated: Dec 23, 2020 6:48 PM

REDDING, Calif. –The second Covid-19 vaccine, Moderna, arrived in Shasta County on December 22.

The Moderna vaccine does not require as strict storage requirements, as Pfizer. This is why that particular vaccine is being held at Shasta County Public Health, while Pfizer is being kept at Mercy Medical Center.

Moderna can be kept in a refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees Celsius for up to a month, while Pfizer must be stored between minus 70 and 10 degrees Celsius.

But despite the arrival of the two vaccines, the coronavirus pandemic changed how many people are celebrating the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year’s.

“It's forced me to celebrate it differently than I would,” said William Essetier, from Arcadia.

“Christmas and Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends and gatherings. But Covid doesn't invite that kind of stuff.”

“I probably would've been in Chicago, because my daughter and grandkids live there,” said Peggy Buchanan of Pasadena.

Between Pfizer and Moderna, Shasta County received about 4000 doses. Health leaders are discussing how they will be administering both vaccines to frontline workers

“We received our first shipments of Moderna vaccines [Tuesday],” said Dr. Karen Ramstrom, Shasta County’s Health Officer.

“We're currently having conversations about the distribution of those vaccines and we'll be making those decisions soon.”

Mercy Medical Center hopes to have 700 of its tier-one staff vaccinated by the end of Wednesday. Meanwhile, Shasta Regional Medical Center says it’s vaccinated about 400 of its staff

Both vaccines giving some people hope.

“It does give me hope,” said Buchanan. “Especially for our frontline workers and healthcare people.”

But with supply is still limited, Shasta County health leaders urging people to keep on following the guidelines.

“We can all do a lot more to prevent spread, hospitalizations, and deaths by wearing our masks and refraining from gathering with those outside our households,” said Donnell Ewert, the director for the Shasta Health & Human Services Agency.

“That's really our Christmas messages.”

The county expects to receive an additional shipment of both Moderna and Pfizer next week.

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Reported Deaths: 35549
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