Oslo hospital staff saved 161 vaccine doses from being discarded – by volunteering to get vaccinated

Pfizer vaccinePhoto: AP Photo / John Locher
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More than 160 vaccine doses that were supposed to be thrown away in Kongsvinger have instead been given to volunteers at Oslo University Hospital.

At the end of March, it became known that 161 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech in Kongsvinger had not been stored according to instructions and therefore probably had to be discarded.

However, the doses have nevertheless been used – on volunteers that are employees at Oslo University Hospital (OUS), MittKongsvinger writes.

This was done after dialogue with, among others, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (FHI), Pfizer, and the Norwegian Medicines Agency.

Not in line with protocol

“This is not according to protocol, but it was considered that the doses can still be effective,” councilor Lars Andreas Uglem noted. OUS will measure the effect of the vaccination on its employees.

No patients in Kongsvinger have been vaccinated with these doses. The Municipality has reviewed its routines to prevent something similar from happening again.

“We hope and believe that the doses will have an effect on those who have now received the vaccines,” Uglem said.

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