Inspectors told to not hold up COVID-19 vaccine

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Friday, Jan. 8, issued an advisory to truck inspectors to not delay trucks transporting COVID-19 vaccine for inspections.

The inspection bulletin in part says:

“The COVID-19 vaccine is temperature-sensitive. Every effort should be made to get the vaccine to its destination. Shipments should not be held up for an inspection unless there is an obvious serious violation that is an imminent hazard.”

The notice adds that the vaccine is kept cold using dry ice, which can be hazardous to inspectors and first responders.

The guidance notes that in the case of a crash or other hazmat/dangerous goods incident, law enforcement should follow their local standard operating procedures.