Our analysis of data from the Texas State Department of State Health Services found that 350 of those waste doses are in Harris County.
At the county level, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo previously stated that 20 doses were “lost” as two vials fell and broke as a gust of wind passed and five (doses), there was simply no one to give them . “
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Hundreds of wasted doses are a small percentage of the total 3,160,000 vaccine doses received so far in Texas, but with thousands of residents waiting on the waiting list to get the vaccine, doctors say the “precious commodity” should not go waste.
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Within 45 minutes of receiving his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from the state in December, said Dr. David Allant, a physician at the Genesis Medical Group, doctors worked through Christmas to deliver it to personnel who were on the first stage. Qualify for. State immunization scheme.
“Each dose, which is not going to a health care professional, goes to patients or goes to a community member to ensure that not a single dose is wasted,” he said. “It is a very precious commodity.”
State immunization scheme regulations are clear and refer to waste 11 times. Whenever a dose is wasted, providers have to report it to the state within 24 hours.
Each modern vaccine includes 10, or sometimes 11, doses and according to health guidelines, all of these must be used within six hours of opening the vial.
According to the company, the Pfizer vaccine should be stored at a certain temperature and thawed once and cannot be used again.
According to the data, statewide, 40% of the vaccine was due to waste product spoilage and 20% due to stored at very high temperatures.
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According to state data, 7.7% of the 1,751 vaccine doses wasted were at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center.
The hospital said in a statement, “On Christmas holiday, the team thawed enough to control those who were scheduled to come and receive vaccinations; unfortunately, many people canceled Due to which 135 doses were not taken that week, ”the hospital said in a statement. 13 to investigate. “We, of course, deeply regret that none of the funds received were administered. We have provided further education about a number of procedures to ensure that this does not happen again. Overall, the Memorial Harman has performed more than 77,000 vaccinations and we are committed. Ensuring that all vaccinations we receive are administered safely. “
According to DSHS data from Texas, a clinic on Broadway Street in Houston, Mr. The doctor’s location reported the highest dose wasting, with 230 vaccine doses that were not stored in a cold temperature.
“On January 2, the Clinic Mi Doctor- # 23 Broadway location experienced an equipment failure, resulting in a temperature increase for 230 doses of the Modern Kovid-19 vaccine. On Monday, January 4, it returned to work. The issue was caught. The manufacturing contact and a review determined that the vaccine was to be wasted and unusable. Replacement doses were issued. The Clinic MI doctor is committed to the safe delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine and took steps to ensure The equipment has been monitoring more closely, ”a company spokesperson said in a statement to 13 investigators.
We also looked at which providers reported the most waste on the basis of receiving the most waste. Our analysis found that Austin’s orthopedic specialist Texas DSHS has the highest percentage of wastes with 63 doses out of 100 wasted due to poor refrigeration, according to data from DSHS.
On Friday night, 13 investigations reached Austin’s orthopedics after receiving a state from Texas DSHS, but the office was closed.
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Harris Health System CEO Dr. Esmail Porsa said 13 investigators said the lack of access to the vaccine was now adversely affecting people, who are affected by COVID-19.
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The health system, which serves as a safety net for the county’s weak and unwilling, said hundreds of vaccine appointments had to be canceled last week at seven locations across the county due to supply shortages.
Porsa said Harris Health has a system in place to ensure that every single dose is used as soon as they receive it, but the supply is not yet in place.
Talking about the health system’s efforts to avoid wastage, Porsa recalled the recent day that was spent in vaccinating. After the end of that long day, he said he realized that he had about eight to 10 additional doses that he considered bad before using.
“The staff was actually a few hours behind in finding additional patients, which we could vaccinate,” Porsa said. “I am very proud of the way we have controlled vaccines, minimal wastage.”
Allent, an oncologist, said the vaccine provides protection from viruses for patients with their cancer who are already isolated while undergoing chemotherapy.
He said, “Cancer is very difficult. You put COVID on it and it is devastating.” “I’m giving them hope and I’m giving them the world because before that they can’t even go out. They are afraid. The patients talk through the screen with their family members. It becomes like a prison . ” . The vaccine actually hopes to exclude patients from this series. “
13 investigators have heard from residents across the county who say they have tried to get appointments to several providers. At Genesis Medical Group, 6,700 people were on the waiting list until last week to receive the vaccine.
“If you give me 6,700 vaccines, trust me, we can use them within a week, but I need to get the vaccine,” Ellent said.
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