The company has had a hand in delivering the vaccine and the equipment needed to give the vaccine. Lynden International District Operations Manager Bob Barndt has been fielding incoming shipment calls on a daily basis and picking up the 40-pound boxes of vaccine from Anchorage before personally delivering it to hospitals in Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue and Barrow.
“For over 30 years, we have managed deliveries to remote Alaska communities but the vaccine shipments are different than anything else we have handled,” Barndt said.
Each box features a GPS tracking device and temperature monitor and the vaccine is kept cool in dry ice, Lynden said.
“We never lose control of the boxes and have eyes on them during the entire journey,” he said. Lynden also makes sure Personal Protective Equipment gear gets where it needs to go.
“Lynden has a reputation for excellent service and on-time delivery, so we are all working as fast and efficiently as we can to uphold that standard,” Barndt said. “We want to get the vaccine to those who need it most and to protect our customers and their families.”