1,000 COVID vaccine doses damaged in Florida county

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FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2021, file photo, vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are placed next to a loaded syringe in Throop, Pa. On Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, California’s state epidemiologist Dr. Erica S. Pan recommended providers stop using lot 41L20A of the Moderna vaccine pending completion of an investigation by state officials, Moderna, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the federal Food and Drug Administration, because some people received medical treatment for possible severe allergic reactions. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP, File)

MIAMI (AP) — Florida state officials are calling for an audit after more than 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were reported damaged last week in Palm Beach County.

The Florida Department of Health is asking the Palm Beach County Health Care District to conduct a full accounting of all vaccine-related equipment and procedures to store and handle the vaccine.

Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees says he wants the health care district to address the problem to make sure doses don’t go to waste.

“It is a tragedy that even one dose of this critical resource would go to waste and not be used to save a life from COVID-19. In Florida, we have been diligent to preserve and utilize every single dose of the vaccine. While we must rely on partners to distribute this critical resource, we expect that every provider treat the vaccine as the precious commodity that it is,” Rivkees said.

The audit must be completed by Feb. 12, and findings and actions must be reported to the health department.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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