Fifty vials of the modern coronovirus vaccine had to be thrown this past weekend in Wisconsin due to a “past error”.
The local NBC-affiliated station, TMJ4 Milwaukee, reported that the incident occurred at Aurora Health Medical Center, an advocate in Wraft’s Grafton, when an employee took out the vials to remove another item from the storage freezer. The employee accidentally failed to return the vials in the freezer.
“We have come to know that about 50 vials of the modern vaccine were inadvertently removed from the pharmacy fridge overnight,” advocate Aurora’s spokesperson told TMJ4. “While some vaccines were administered to team members on December 26 within an approved 12-hour post-window window, unfortunately, most had to be dropped because of the temperature storage requirements required to maintain its viability.”
“We are clearly disappointed and regret that this happened,” the spokesperson said.
Speaking to The Hill, a spokesperson for Advocate Aurora Health stated, “The vaccination program at Aurora Grafton continues uninterrupted because we were able to redirect vaccine supplies from other Aurora sites, and we will be looking at additional shipments in the near future Let’s hope so. “
The spokesperson stated that the hospital currently does not have any vials of the Pfizer vaccine, only other COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved for use in the US
Although it does not need to be stored at the extreme sub-zero temperatures that the Pfizer vaccine requires, Modern’s vaccine has a temperature between minus 13 degrees and 5 degrees Fahrenheit or between 36 F and 46 F 30 days in advance. Must be stored until It should be thrown out.
In its fact sheet about the modern vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration notes that the specific requirements of the vaccine are due to the fact that the drug does not contain preservatives and that the inside particles are highly fragile. Once vaccinated, it cannot be reformed.
Like Pfizer’s vaccine, Modern’s vaccinations are given in two doses at intervals of about one month. Each vial contains several doses.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 100,000 doses of the modern vaccine and 84,825 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been allocated to the state. The most recent data from the department states that 10,358 vaccines have been administered so far.
Updated at 5:42 pm