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Mecklenburg County Public Health receives COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccine arrived Tuesday and health officials say paramedics from Mecklenburg EMS and Public...
The vaccine arrived Tuesday and health officials say paramedics from Mecklenburg EMS and Public Health vaccine staff will be first in line to receive it.(Mecklenburg County)
Updated: Dec. 22, 2020 at 4:56 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Mecklenburg County Public Health Department has officially received the COVID-19 vaccine.

The vaccine arrived Tuesday and health officials say paramedics from Mecklenburg EMS and Public Health vaccine staff will be first in line to receive it.

The department is one of three health departments in North Carolina to receive the initial Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the county confirmed to WBTV.

The county said it has ordered an ultra-cold storage freezer that will accommodate the vaccine. The county says there are other options for storage within Mecklenburg County if needed, but moving the vaccine to other sites must be approved by the State.

County health officials say that North Carolina plans to distribute the vaccine in numbers that can be used within 10 days. There is no intent to have vaccine sitting in freezers for a long period of time, according to county health leaders.

The specially designed shipping containers can be recharged with dry ice for up to 30 days safely.

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