Mayo Clinic is preparing to start limited COVID-19 vaccinations in December | The Dickinson Press

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“We’re very confident that we will have at least one vaccine by the end of the year for at least a small, targeted population, which hasn’t been decided yet,” Dr. Melanie Swift said this week. Imagine preparing for a party (back when such things were done), but you don’t know what day it will happen, who is coming or almost any other details. That’s kind of the situation of Mayo Clinic’s COVID Vaccine Allocation and Distribution Work Group, which Swift leads as a co-chair. The work group faces many unknowns, but it is preparing for the massive vaccination project. At this point, the expectation is that Mayo will start administering the Pfizer vaccine first, with more — including the Moderna vaccine — following closely.

“We’re preparing to be able to faithfully and appropriately receive and store and handle and administer this (Pfizer) vaccine and the vaccines that will come after this one,” Swift said. That means working out a lot of logistical, training, software and public communication issues, among others.

Dr. Melanie SwiftSubmitted by Mayo Clinic

Cold storage One of the first things to address is that the Pfizer vaccine needs to be stored at minus 103 …

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