Expired Covid-19 vaccinations given in Wellington

A small number of Wellington people received expired doses of Covid-19 vaccinations last week.

National Director Covid-19 Vaccination and Immunisation Programme Jo Gibbs said about 15 people received a vaccination at a Wellington site 24 hours after the doses had expired.

“No-one has been harmed from receiving the expired doses.”

Capital and Coast District Health Board spokeswoman Ellie van Baaren​ said the expired doses were administered on Thursday October 14 and Friday October 15 at a clinic in Wellington.

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“This error was picked up quickly through regular, existing monitoring processes and the people affected have been contacted. “

She said each person has been encouraged to receive a further dose after at least three weeks in case there was any impact on the effectiveness of the dose.

“The incident is being reviewed and it is thought to be an isolated error, but as a precaution, remaining stock is being checked to ensure it is within the expiry date.”

During the week ending Sunday, Capital Coast and Hutt Valley district health boards administered 57,800 doses of the vaccine.

The Ministry of Health also reported on Wednesday a separate incident in which six people received a low dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in the Bay of Plenty.

Those in the Bay of Plenty who were affected have been contacted and offered vaccination.

The clinical processes and systems around the administration of the vaccination are being reviewed and the district health board was working with the provider to strengthen these to prevent an incident like this from happening again, Gibbs said.

“The ministry apologises for what has happened and reassures the public that such incidents are not common.”

More than 10,000 first doses were given out on Tuesday and more than 32,000 second doses were administered on the same day.