OHIO, USA — *Editor’s Word: The video within the participant above initially aired on January 19, 2020.
Because the state navigates an ongoing COVID-19 vaccine scarcity, the Ohio Division of Well being has determined to droop a vaccine provider, efficient instantly.
The Division took instant motion after studying that SpecialityRX, based mostly in Columbus, had allegedly mishandled 890 doses of the Moderna vaccine, a press launch reported Wednesday.
Regardless of not being a part of the federal long-term care pharmacy partnership program, SpecialityRX was given 1,500 vaccines to vaccinate residents at eight long-term care services earlier than the brand new yr. Following the administering of the primary doses, the corporate, whereas exploring a transer, didn’t correctly monitor temperatures of their fridge and freezer containing the remaining doses, leaving them unusable.
The Ohio Division of Well being requires all vaccine suppliers to test and document the minimal and most temperatures of chilly storage fridges and/or freezers every workday.
The Division has requested for the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy open an investigation into the vaccine mishandling. Moreover, any future allocation to SpecialtyRX have been halted. The corporate has been “instructed to not administer or switch any of the affected doses and to maintain them quarantined in each models till subsequent steps are given,” the press launch states.