HSE confirms 22 vials of vaccine dumped due to incorrect storage

By Sarah Finnan

January 27, 2021 at 9:19am

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HSE confirms 22 vials of vaccine dumped due to incorrect storage

The HSE has confirmed that 22 vials, containing over 100 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, have had to be thrown out due to incorrect storage. 

Approximately 110 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have had to be dumped after it was revealed that they were unfit for use due to improper storage.

Delivered to a nursing home at the Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation, the HSE confirmed that the "appropriate cold chain was no in place" and unfortunately, the vials cannot be used as a result.

A statement released by the HSE reads:

"It is disappointing for all concerned, residents and staff and we are sorry that this incident has taken place. The Community Healthcare Organisation will work with national colleagues to undertake the vaccinations at the home as soon as possible.

"We're very conscious that this is upsetting news for families, residents and staff members who are working hard to protect residents from Covid-19 and we are offering a range of supports to all concerned."

The Department of Health confirmed that there were 928 new cases of the virus reported yesterday along with 90 further deaths.

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