34 Vaccine Doses Spoil at Wisconsin Center
Miscommunication causes loss, as city rushed to contact unscheduled recipients.
The Milwaukee Health Department ran into trouble at its COVID-19 clinic on Monday, March 1st.
The city prepared more doses of the Moderna variant of the vaccine than there were eligible people to take them. As a result, 34 perishable doses expired at the city’s mass vaccination clinic at the Wisconsin Center.
This, however, was a reduction from the 140 doses the health department had expected to waste. The department said it “rushed” to contact unscheduled, but eligible vaccine recipients.
The department said this is the first time any doses have gone unused at its clinic. March 1st was the first day teachers were eligible to receive the vaccine.
“It is clear at this stage that no intentional or malicious action was involved in the incident,” said the department. “Process changes have already been implemented to prevent a repetition.”
A total of 1,058 doses of the vaccine, including both the Moderna and Pfizer variants, were administered Monday. More than 25,000 doses have been administered at the facility since it opened in January.
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