Mass. VA facility disposes of nearly 2,000 COVID vaccine doses after freezer was accidentally unplugged

By MICHAEL BONNER | masslive.com | Published: January 22, 2021

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BOSTON (Tribune News Service) — The Jamaica Plain VA Medical Center was forced to dispose of nearly 2,000 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine after the plug to the freezer was accidentally loosened by a cleaning contractor, the Boston Globe reported.

Staff at the VA Boston facility noticed the issue on Tuesday, the report said. Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccine must be kept at extremely old temperatures. With the freezer unplugged, 1,900 doses were thrown away, the report said.

“The freezer was in a secure location and had an alarm system installed,” a spokesperson told the Globe. “The plug was found loose after a contractor accidentally removed it while cleaning. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the incident and why the monitoring and alarm system did not work as expected.”

Replacement doses should be arriving and the VA does not anticipate its vaccination effort to be disrupted, the report said.

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