Employees at Kaiser Permanente Lakewood Medical Workplaces threw out 165 doses of COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday after they have been ruined following an influence outage on the facility.
The facility outage, which Kaiser stated was temporary and attributable to excessive winds, precipitated a fridge storing doses of Moderna’s vaccine to cease working, ensuing within the vaccines exceeding the required storage temperature.
Employees on the facility labored all through the day to manage as many doses of the vaccine as attainable and have been capable of give 135 individuals photographs earlier than the vaccine expired, Kaiser stated in a press release.
“Energy to the power and the fridge has since been restored and the fridge at this location used to retailer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines is once more working correctly,” the assertion stated. “No different Kaiser Permanente facility was impacted.”
The incident displays how fragile COVID-19 vaccines are. For instance, Pfizer’s doses should be stored at ultra cold temperatures. Each photographs should be administered shortly. The state additionally has advised suppliers, comparable to native public well being businesses and hospitals, that they need to administer the photographs inside 72 hours of receiving them.
Colorado receives about 70,000 doses of vaccine per week.
It’s the second recognized occasion of COVID-19 vaccines getting thrown out. Pueblo Native Public Well being “rendered 300 doses of the Pfizer vaccine unusable after a transportable vaccine storage unit malfunctioned,” a spokesperson for the Colorado Division of Public Well being and Surroundings stated in an e mail.
“The state’s aim is to make use of each single obtainable vaccine, acknowledging that emergencies could happen sometimes within the distribution course of,” the spokesperson stated.
As of Wednesday, Colorado has administered 270,800 doses of COVID-19. That features giving 46,897 individuals their second shot, in accordance with the state well being division.