Dozens of doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine is thrown out because it wasn’t stored correctly
- 25 vials of vaccine were stored in a fridge, but temperatures were unconfirmed
- Health Department says vials were destroyed ‘out of an abundance of caution’
Aspen Medical has advised the federal government that 25 multi-dose vials were potentially compromised after they were delivered to the St Vincent’s aged care facility in Werribee, south-west of Melbourne.
The Victorian Health Department has provided a statement on the matter, confirming why the doses had to be discarded.
‘The Pfizer vaccine can be stored in a refrigerator at 2 to 8 [degrees] celsius for up to five days,’ a spokesperson said.
‘While refrigeration was maintained, it was not possible to verify that temperature was maintained throughout.
‘Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, a medical decision was made not to use the remaining (120) vials.’
Earlier on Friday, Scott Morrison revealed more than 23,000 Australians have already received their first dose of the vaccine.
‘The vaccination program could not be more important to Australia’s future,’ the prime minister said.
‘As we continue to roll it out, where there are things that are learned in the early phases, they’ll be applied to ensure the most important thing — the safety of Australians and the safety of the vaccine.’