TIVERTON – Bruce Power has donated a freezer unit to Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) to assist in the safe and timely roll-out of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The ultra-low temperature unit, which will be housed at the Health Unit’s Clinton location, will allow HPPH to keep the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine at its necessary temperature as vaccinations in Huron-Perth for priority populations continue.
“We are grateful to have the support of Bruce Power as we continue this important phase of protecting the public against COVID-19,” said Dr. Miriam Klassen, Huron Perth’s medical officer of health.
“Having access to this freezer unit will facilitate the continued roll-out of our local vaccine program as it will allow us to receive vaccine directly into our community once supplies permit.”
Added Klassen, “As our vaccination program progresses, we ask that all residents remain safe, stay at home, and follow all provincial health guidelines. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, so let’s all do our part to get there safely.”
Bill Whetstone, a commercial lead with Bruce Power’s supply chain as well as a councillor in Bluewater, helped facilitate the donation of the freezer. Whetstone said this donation will help ensure the integrity of the vaccines.
“The residents of Bluewater, and everyone in Huron-Perth, has been waiting a long time for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, and I’m proud to work for a company that was quick to help us in our time of need,” said Whetstone.
“I thank our health- and Long-Term Care workers, as well as the staff at Huron Perth Public Health, for what they’ve done during the pandemic. We all look forward to better days, when we can truly show our appreciation for all you do.”
Bruce Power has also donated a similar freezer to the Grey Bruce Health Unit as it prepares for its vaccination roll-out program to begin.