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The Mission of the Capital City Sunrise Rotary Club is to support community and international projects by caring for others and sharing fellowship with all.
 
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Welcome to the Capital City Sunrise Rotary Club of Concord, NH

Capital City Sunrise-Cncd

The Little Club that Does

We meet In Person & Online
Thursdays at 7:00 AM
Kimball-Jenkins Estate
Carriage House
266 N Main St
Concord, NH 03301
United States of America
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by Elizabeth Schroeder

A mass, worldwide vaccination effort is crucial to defeating the COVID-19 pandemic — but the logistics of getting it done are incredibly complex. Two of the most complicating factors? Storage and transportation. 

Distributing vaccine doses is much more elaborate than simply putting vials in a box and loading them onto a truck. From the time a vaccine leaves the manufacturer to the time it’s administered to a patient, it needs to be kept in ideal and highly specific conditions. For example, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine needs to be stored at a frigid -70° C.  That’s why the success of large-scale immunization efforts is dependent on a reliable cold chain: a system of safely storing and transporting vaccines at recommended temperatures.
 
What makes up a cold chain?

A seamless cold chain combines three equally important elements:

    •    Equipment: in most cases, the best storage option is a pharmaceutical-grade unit, specially designed for housing vaccines. Unlike the freezer where you keep your ice cream, these can cost upwards of $15,000. Specialized portable coolers are also important for moving vaccines from one location to another.

    •    Personnel: staff and volunteers tasked with handling vaccines must be thoroughly trained on safe storage and transportation practices. This is particularly important because different vaccines require different conditions.

    •    Processes: vaccinating facilities must have clear, detailed, and up-to-date instructions for vaccine handling — plus contingency plans in case of emergency. What if the facility loses power? What if there’s a weather event? These questions and more should have thorough answers.

What happens if the chain breaks?

Vaccines can only protect against disease if they’re delivered safely. Overexposure to heat, cold, or light can compromise vaccine quality. Not only does this diminish the vaccine’s effectiveness; it also leads to wasted vaccine supply and financial loss. Between spoiled vaccines, replacement costs, and administrative expenses, cold chain errors cost healthcare shippers billions of dollars a year. 

How we help

For more than 30 years, Rotary members have been supporting the safe transport of polio vaccines to every corner of the globe. When it comes to COVID-19, we’re just as committed to bringing vaccines to all. Learn more about how we’re playing our part: http://on.rotary.org/covid19efforts.
 
Capital City Sunrise Rotary is raising funds for its Concord, NH area and international projects.
Win a fall foliage stay for two nights and tickets on the steam powered Mt. Washington Cog Railway
Nights of October 2 & 3, 2021 at the 4-star Omni Mount Washington Bretton Arms in Bretton Woods
• Two day stay for two persons, in a luxurious room with two queen-size beds and a nicely appointed seating area
• $250 for meals and incidentals
• Two front-row seat tickets on the Mount Washington Cog Steam Locomotive Railway for Saturday, October 3rd
• Magnificent Mount Washington autumn foliage scenery
All proceeds will benefit the charities of the Capital City Sunrise Rotary Club, Concord, NH and its international service projects.
Only 300 tickets to be sold
One winner will be drawn on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The winner will be notified by email. Prizes are not exchangeable.