Manitoulin Health Centre Purchases Ultra Low Freezer

Little Current/Mindemoya, ON - The Manitoulin Health Centre (“MHC”) has purchased an ultra low freezer to store vaccines. 


MHC has purchased an ultra low freezer with capacity to reach a temperature of -86 degrees Celsius in order to properly store the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines.  The freezer can store up to 21,600 vaccines.  The purchase price of approximately $12,000 was allocated from those funds remaining in the Manitoulin ventilator campaign initiated by M’Chigeeng First Nation Chief Linda Debassige.


Public Health Sudbury & District was leading in the vaccination rollout and the Board and Management of MHC felt a responsibility to the community to move quickly on the purchase prior to the supply chain being impacted by other orders.  The freezer was expected to arrive February 10th and MHC is happy to report it arrived February 17th.  


In the coming days, weeks and months, MHC will work closely with Public Health Sudbury & Districts to determine an ideal location and safe storage requirements in preparation for the approval of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine to Manitouiln.


Lynn Foster, CEO of MHC says “This serves as a great example of MHC being true to its Vision of “Putting patients first, as we lead and collaborate with our partners.” We have placed our Community’s interests at the forefront, undertook  some preparations for vaccine storage and await to hear further information from our Public Health colleagues in order to support them collaboratively with the Manitoulin vaccine roll out.”  


Lynn Foster

CEO, Manitoulin Health Centre

(705) 368-2300



(Pictured left to right: Supply Chain and MHC Maintenance Team Chris McGaughey, Stuart Setterington, Debbie Graham and Duane Deschamps)