450 doses of Pfizer vaccine wasted due to 'power-related' fridge issue

450 doses of Pfizer vaccine wasted due to 'power-related' fridge issue

By Chloe West | 03/02/2021

450 doses of Pfizer vaccine wasted due to 'power-related' fridge issue


AROUND 450 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine were wasted after a “power-related issue” at a vaccination site in Wath. 

The first doses of the vaccine were compromised after the incident at Montgomery Hall, said health chiefs. 

The NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed around 450 doses had to be thrown away — which could have been caused by a fridge being accidentally turned off.

“Following a power-related issue with the fridge at a vaccination service site, a number of Pfizer vaccine vials were compromised as a result of not being stored at the required temperature overnight, which meant staff were unable to administer that batch of vaccines,” said a spokesperson.

“However, thanks to our partners across Rotherham, we were able to ensure all patients booked in at the site that day received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine as planned.”

The hall opened up as a vaccination centre two weeks prior to the incident on January 8 and the fridge had been brought in especially for the vaccination programme. 

The CCG said Rotherham had a “good supply” of the vaccine and there had been no other wastages.

It remains on track to meet the target of delivering the vaccine to those in the four high priority groups by mid-February. 

A large proportion of Rotherham’s most vulnerable residents in those groups have been vaccinated, added the spokesperson.

“Where people have been unable to attend due to the weather conditions, our Covid-19 vaccination booking team has worked closely with GP practices to continue to work through the high priority groups to fill the available appointments,” said the spokesperson.

“No vaccine has been wasted as a result of adverse weather conditions.”

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