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UW Medicine Mobilizes to Save COVID-19 Vaccine From Waste

On Jan. 28 at 9 p.m., Jenny Brackett, assistant administrator of ambulatory clinics, received a call: There was a refrigeration issue at another local healthcare organization, and the hospital needed help administering as many Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses as possible before they expired at 5:30 a.m.

“I called a team of leaders at UW Medical Center – Northwest and Montlake and I asked, ‘Is this crazy or are we doing this?’ Without hesitation it was a unanimous yes. Suddenly we were on-site and gearing up for a mass vaccination effort,” Brackett recalls.

Individuals across UW Medicine, volunteers and firefighters launched into action. Some staff who had been working since 7 a.m. answered the call to help, while one retired nurse who arrived to receive a vaccine jumped in to administer doses as well.

UW Medical Center – Montlake staff and volunteers help administer late-night vaccines.
(From left to right) Autumn Kita, Adam Parcher, Christin Gordanier and Mary Jo Kelly at UW Medical Center – Northwest.

The goal was to first vaccinate eligible individuals, then those who would soon be eligible in upcoming phases. Ultimately, the team wanted to ensure that no doses were wasted.

A crowd of Seattleites appeared — some in pajamas and blankets — all waiting to be vaccinated. Onlookers cheered as older individuals were selected to move up in line and receive a dose.

Patients wait in line to receive a vaccine.
(From left to right) Zubeda Adem, Kemeria Beshir, Sabreen Tuku and Hibaq Ibrahim wait in line for the vaccine.

Through a combined effort of UW Medical Center – Montlake, UW Medical Center – Northwest, Swedish and the Seattle Fire Department, all 1,600 doses from the failed freezer were administered.

“I’m inspired by and grateful for the team I work with. The vaccination team on-site was by and large senior leadership. They showed up and stepped up in a big way,” says Brackett. “We had nurses, physicians, administrators and retired nurses who moved people through quickly with skill and expertise, remaining cool, calm and collected while the room buzzed with energy and excitement. This was one of the best team efforts I’ve ever been a part of. Our chief nursing officer Cindy Sayre said it was a highlight of her career, and it is definitely one of mine.”

UW Medicine staff administer vaccines
Left image: Keri Nasenbeny (left) and Mary Jo Kelly (right) prepare the doses at UW Medical Center – Northwest. Right image: Chris Postiglione administers a vaccine at UW Medical Center – Montlake.

UW Medical Center – Montlake staff and volunteers help administer vaccines.
(Back row, left to right) Lindsay Boyd and Chantelle Dykstra; (front row, left to right) Carly Baxter, Gaby Booth and Dr. David Chhieng at UW Medical Center – Montlake.

UW Medicine and Seattle Fire Department help administer vaccines.
Left image: Seth Hennessey (left) and Karen Craddick (right) at UW Medical Center – Northwest. Right image: patient Jamal Idris (left) and Seattle Fire Department Lt. Brian Wallace (right).

Thank you to the staff, volunteers and firefighters for your above-and-beyond work to vaccinate our community and keep us safe and healthy.

UW Medical Center – Northwest vaccination site volunteers

Josh Black, RN

Jenny Brackett, MBA, MHA

Karen Craddick, PharmD

Cheri Constantino-Shor, MSN, RN, CRNI, CMSRN

Edel Cornejo

Brooks Drollinger, CAN

Jaclyn Elamparo, RN

Christin Gordanier, RN

Carolyn Grant, RN

Caroline Hamilton, MD

Leslie Hampton, MN, RN

Seth Hennessey, MHA

Charity Holmes, RN, MSN

Michelle Hubert

Linh Huynh, RN

Nima Karamoonz, MD

Mary Jo Kelly, DNP, ARNP-CNS, CCNS, CCRN

Autumn Kita, RN

Jane McNulty, RN

Keri Nasenbeny, MHA, RN

Caroline Ngige, RN

Adam Parcher, PharmD, MHA

Laura Quinnan, MD

Elise Simons, MD

Lamin Sisawo, RN

Sue Theiler, RN

John Tapia, RN

Linh Tran, RN

Vangie Yamada

Nan Ybarra

Suzanne White, RN, MSN, MPH, CMSRN

UW Medical Center – Montlake vaccination site volunteers

Amanda Banks

Carly Baxter

Mary Grace Bermudez

Gaby Booth

Lindsay Boyd, RN, MS

David Chhieng, MD, MBA MSHI, MSEM

Nancy Colobong Smith, MN, ARNP, CNN

Morea Daley

Anthony Desantis, MD

Chantelle Dykstra, RN

Mandi Rae Garcia

Florenda Jones

Lindsay McGinn

Sara Mohamed, MBA

Kyle Moy

Alison North, CNM, ARNP

Chris Postiglione

Nicholas Postiglione, MBA

Lauren Rieth

Cindy Sayre, PhD, RN

Kathy Sullivan-Wimer

Seattle Fire Department vaccination volunteers

Lt. Matthew Anderson

Roger Bianchi, firefighter

Dan Clark, firefighter

Drew LaMaita, firefighter

Miki Mann, paramedic

Justin Peterson, paramedic

Garth Stroyan, firefighter

Capt. Brian Wallace

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