Some 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine intentionally destroyed, hospital says

A former worker at a Wisconsin medical center “intentionally removed” 57 vials of a coronavirus vaccine from refrigeration, forcing officials to throw away nearly 500 doses, according to an internal investigation.

Officials at Aurora Medical Center initially suspected that Moderna vaccines, which should be stored between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit, were inadvertently left out at Grafton Hospital on December 26. refrigeration, ” officials said on Wednesday.

The medical center, which is part of Advocate Aurora Health, notified “the appropriate authorities for further investigation” and added that the individual was no longer employed by Aurora.

“We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic. We are more than disappointed that this person’s actions resulted in the delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccines. It was a violation of our core values. ”

The vials can stay at room temperature for up to 12 hours. This allowed clinicians to recover some doses.

On Wednesday afternoon, Aurora Health Care said more than 21,000 health workers had received the first of two injections at company centers.

A total of 47,157 coronavirus vaccines have been administered in Wisconsin since vaccinations began in the past two weeks, according to state data.

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