Dagbladet: 47 people in Bergen received a COVID vaccine that had expired

Pfizer vaccine - vaccinationPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB
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By mistake, 47 people in Bergen received a COVID vaccine that had expired. It had no negative consequences for them, but the error is still considered serious.

Dagbladet has obtained access to an e-mail from an assistant infection control medical officer in Bergen to the Norwegian Medicines Agency. In the inquiry, the doctor asks whether the persons in question could be harmed by the error and whether they had to take an extra vaccine.

Infection control medical officer Marit Voltersvik confirmed the mistake at two Bergen pharmacies.

“It is true that we sent a request to the Norwegian Medicines Agency in February. We discovered that 47 people who had been vaccinated at two different pharmacies had received a corona vaccine from Pfizer that had expired by up to seven days,” she told the newspaper. The vaccine had a shelf life of 30 days in a refrigerator.

“The conclusion from the Norwegian Medicines Agency and the Institute of Public Health was that the deviation did not have any negative consequences for the vaccinated, but that it was to be considered a serious breach of internal routines,” Voltersvik said.

The pharmacies, which belong to Vitus and Apotek1, reported the errors. Both chains said they are careful to report any issues.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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