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Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses arriving this week for Enloe Medical Center

The Moderna vaccine is here in California with many asking what is the plan for local distribution. Action News Now reached out to Enloe Medical Center on how it plans to move forward.

Posted: Dec 22, 2020 1:28 PM
Updated: Dec 22, 2020 2:08 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Moderna vaccine is here in California with many asking what is the plan for local distribution. Action News Now reached out to Enloe Medical Center on how it plans to move forward.

2,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine are set to arrive at Enloe Medical Center this week, according to Chris Marking, the Director for Pharmacy at Enloe Medical Center.

"I'm glad to hear it, I'm hopeful," said Mary Kay Inserra, a woman in Chico excited about a second vaccine.

Action News Now caught up with her and her friend Bonny Hamilton who both take regular walks in Bidwell Park.

RELATED: Enloe Medical Center gives first doses of COVID-19 vaccines to frontline healthcare workers

They say the coronavirus makes them nervous, both say they welcome a vaccine.

"I hope that people would be willing to take the vaccines to combat the virus," Inserra said.

Enloe Pharmacy officials say before doses go out to the general public, priority is for first responders.

"What we're doing now is using our Pfizer up then we will be switching over to Moderna vaccine to vaccinate the rest of our employees as well as Butte County first responders," Marking said.

Marking says the Moderna vaccine is more convenient to store because it can be kept at zero degrees Fahrenheit, compared to Pfizer which needs to be stored at 80 degrees below zero.

"If you don't have an ultra-cold freezer Moderna usually can be kept in a normal pharmacy freezer, versus an ultra-cold freezer. It's not very common in most hospitals," Marking said.

While medical experts sort out the logistics, others say for now they will watch the process and learn.

"It's great that it's come and it will be really good for the masses. I don't think I will be one of the ones because I have so many reactions," Hamilton said.

At last check on Monday, representatives with Enloe Medical Center said at least 250 employees have been vaccinated with Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. 

Learn more on the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

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