The police department in Wisconsin arrests a recently fired pharmacist for leaving out 57 vials of the vaccine from the refrigerator. According to the police, a hospital pharmacist intentionally removed vials from the refrigerator knowing they were properly stored. After that, however, a pharmacy tech found the vials laying out in the morning and put them back into the refrigerator.
“”Based on information available, (we) determined that the vaccine was still able to be administered on the morning of December 26, given the 12-hour period of viability after removal of refrigeration,” Bahr said.”From CNN’s article, “Wisconsin police arrest former hospital worker whose alleged actions led hospital to throw out more than 500 vaccine doses”
However, during the investigation, the former employee states how the vaccines were also removed for a part of the night on December 24-25. Therefore, the 57 vials, which is over 500 doses of the vaccine, were handed out as less effective or even ineffective without them knowing.
“The pharmacist, a resident of Grafton who was not identified, could face charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, adultering a prescription drug, and criminal damage to property.”From CNN’s article, “Wisconsin police arrest former hospital worker whose alleged actions led hospital to throw out more than 500 vaccine doses”
The pharmacist has been fired and is currently in Ozaukee County Jail. Hospital officials are still figuring out what to do with those who received the vaccine from the 57 vials. It has been reported that the Covid-19 vaccine was not being properly stored to store other items. This issue is still being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Food and Drug Administration and the Grafton Police Department and no motive has been publicized yet. Moderna stated how the vaccine should ideally be stored in temperatures lower than a refrigerator can handle, but it can also be stored in a refrigerator for 30 days to allow flexibility for hospitals. With this being said, having the vials being left out in room temperature when it can barely tolerate temperatures refrigerators provide is outrageous. Even though the hospital did not specify exactly how long the vials were removed from the refrigerator, it is guaranteed to be for at least a couple hours since it was left during the night.