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UW Health designated as Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine distribution hub

Posted at 9:36 AM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 19:02:25-05

MADISON  — UW Health has been designated as a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine distribution hub in Madison.

The hub is going to be home to the first shipments of the Pfizer vaccine and will be the central storage facility for the region’s supply, UW Health said in a press release Monday.

Once the vaccines arrive at the facility, UW Health is partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to distribute the vaccine to health systems and long-term care facilities in the region.

“We are proud to play a role in helping our partners in the area get vaccine doses they need to protect their frontline workers as fast as possible so we can get on to the next group of people to be vaccinated,” said Matt Anderson, senior medical director ambulatory operations, UW Health.

The facility was chosen to be a hub for the vaccine as it has the capabilities to store the vaccine at its required -94 degrees Fahrenheit.

“These vaccines will be going to frontline healthcare workers first, and there are still uncertainties around the quantities we’ll get and the timing of their arrival,” Anderson said. “The public must remain diligent as it will not be widely available anytime soon.”

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