In some unexpected turn of events, a law student’s trip for groceries ended with him and a friend getting shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Law student David MacMillan and his friend were at a Giant Food supermarket in Washington DC to pick up some groceries when a pharmacist approached them to ask if they were interested in getting the shots. Taken by surprise he agreed and said it a “great way to start 2021”.
MacMillan posted a video on TikTok that shows him receiving the vaccine, and the clip has since been widely shared on the platform. In the clip, he explained that several first responders who were scheduled to receive the Moderna vaccine had missed their appointments. As the vaccine couldn’t be kept at room temperature beyond a few hours, they would have to be discarded, which is why the staff offered it to them.
“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?’” MacMillan said according to an NY Post report.
The coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna need to be transported and stored at minus 70 and minus 20 degree Celsius respectively.
The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that states provide the vaccination to first responders, essential workers and at-risk populations, including seniors in nursing homes, first.
“It’s important that, when there’s so much misinformation swirling, that people are able to see that this is a good thing, this is a positive thing. We should be excited about being able to deal with the pandemic,” MacMillan told NBC News.
Talking about the vaccine he said that he had a mild reaction to the vaccine — a headache — but felt great overall. He also said that the CDC is checking with him every day by text to monitor symptoms.
In a statement to AFP, the supermarkert said: “The Moderna vaccine is valuable and lifesaving, and we are happy to have not wasted it and given this couple each a dose.”