By Sarah Klein
Earlier today, we told you about 500 doses of the H1N1 vaccine being wasted in Toronto over the weekend due to expiration. Several media inquiries has made the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority report how many doses of the vaccine have been wasted locally.
“Approximately 0.22 per cent of the total amount of administered doses was tracked as wastage as they were unable to be administered prior to their expiration. That amounts to approximately 2 doses per clinic for each day they were open, for a total of about 280 doses,” officials said in a news release.
“In addition to that during the first week of the clinics, a shipment received at a community office was inadvertently put into a freezer instead of a refrigerator. That shipment of 1,000 doses was also declared wastage. This brings the total percentage of wastage to 1.02 per cent to date.”
Children wanting to get the shot Monday morning had to wait because clinics had temporarily ran out of the adjuvanted vaccine. By mid-afternoon, supply had once again been refilled. So far, 4,188 people have been vaccinated today.