DC residents get free vaccine shots while grocery shopping


  • Two DC residents shared on social media that they got free Moderna vaccines while grocery shopping.
  • They were thankful to the pharmacists who offered the doses that were about to expire.
  • Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Medical Center in Mendocino County also promptly gave out its 600 vaccine doses, after finding out freezer malfunction.

It must have been a lucky day for random grocery shoppers — they went home not only with their shopping bags, but with a free, unexpected vaccine shot.

Two DC residents said on social media that they were vaccinated for free, while they were grocery shopping. The vaccines, which were extra doses from health care workers’ inoculation, were from fast-acting pharmacists who thought of using them rather than throwing them away as they were about to expire.

One of the recipients was law student David MacMillan. He got his first Moderna vaccine dose along with a friend at Giant Food in DC. MacMillan will have his second dose at the end of the month.

“She turned to us and was like, ‘Hey, I’ve got two doses of the vaccine and I’m going to have to throw them away if I don’t give them to somebody. We close in 10 minutes. Do you want the Moderna vaccine?” he told NBC Washington.

MacMillan praised the pharmacist, saying she was a hero. “She only had a short period of time and she wanted to make sure that as many people got vaccinated as possible. So props to her, absolutely,” he told NBC Washington.

Franck Le Bousse, another DC resident, said he was at Safeway supermarket when a pharmacist approached him and said that he had extra doses of the Moderna vaccine that would expire. The 51-year-old man immediately called his wife Beth Miller to meet him.

“I just grabbed my coat and ran to Safeway,” she told The Washington Post. Miller got there right after her husband got his shot. She added that her husband “looked like he won the lottery.”

Le Bousse posted a photo of his vaccine card on Instagram with the caption: “Went grocery shopping… Got a vaccine!”

Meanwhile, a hospital in Northern California also had about-to-expire large doses of the vaccine.

On Monday morning, a staff at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Medical Center in Mendocino County realized that the freezer with 830 doses had stopped working. The staff immediately took action after estimating that they had about two hours to dispose the doses before they expire.

The staff promptly set up four pop-up vaccination sites and told everyone they know to come and get a vaccine shot.

“At that point it was all hands on deck, drop everything,” Cici Winiger, an Adventist spokesperson, told the Los Angeles Times. Winiger added, “We just wanted to make sure none of this goes to waste.”

The group managed to give all 600 shots in two hours, including 40 staffers at a nearby nursing home and 97 jail staff members nearby.

Source: PEOPLE.com

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