Hospital Employee ‘Intentionally’ Removed COVID-19 Vaccine From Refrigeration, Causing Spoilage

A hospital worker in Wisconsin said they removed COVID-19 vaccine vials from refrigeration on purpose, causing spoilage of more than 500 doses. Advocate Aurora Health, which runs hospitals in Wisconsin and Illinois, learned earlier this week that 57 vials of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine were removed from a pharmacy refrigerator at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. An internal review was launched to probe what happened, and officials initially thought the action was caused by “inadvertent human error,” Advocate said in a statement to news outlets. “The individual in question today acknowledged that they internationally removed the vaccine from refrigeration,” it added. The person was fired and Advocate notified the authorities. “We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic. We are disappointed that this individual’s actions will result in a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccine,” Advocate said. The Grafton Police Department confirmed in a …

 

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