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Municipalities buy fridges for vaccine storage

Greater Danbury area municipalities are getting ready to launch COVID-19 vaccine clinics for eligible residents.  Bethel First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker previously said there were some challenges they would have to overcome because of the kind of vaccine that will eventually be supplied.

Knickerbocker says the town had to order a refrigeration system that's certified and inspected.  He previously spoke with Senator Chris Murphy about the feds picking up the cost.  The new COVID relief bill has $8 billion for vaccine distribution.  Murphy says they got an estimate from state and local heath directors, so the latest package should cover the national cost of vaccine distribution.

Before mixing, the Pfizer vaccine may be stored in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees for up to 5 days.  Vaccine may be stored in an ultra-cold freezer between -112 and -76 degrees until the expiration date. 

Knickerbocker says he's grateful for the work that Congress has done to date, but notes that there's still a long road ahead and municipalities are looking at significant expenses.

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