NJ hospitals prepare extreme freezers for COVID-19 vaccine

Hospitals in New Jersey will be receiving thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses from Pfizer within weeks

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients are still climbing in New Jersey, with more than 3,200 patients as of today. That’s the fifth day in a row the hospitalization rate is up. There is a glimmer of hope, though: Some New Jersey hospitals will start receiving the first batch of coronavirus vaccines by mid-month.

Senior Correspondent Brenda Flanagan checks in with doctors at the epicenter of New Jersey’s first outbreak of the disease, Holy Name Medical Center  in Teaneck and University Hospital, Newark as they prepare for a new weapon to battle the second surge of the virus, a vaccine. At Holy Name, doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will be stored in a special ultra-low freezer at minus 80 degrees Celsius; that’s 94 below in Fahrenheit — so cold, you need gloves to avoid frostbite.