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Hospital Employee/Pharmacist Arrested for Intentionally Leaving Covid Vaccine out of Fridge

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Hospital Employee/Pharmacist Arrested for Intentionally Leaving Covid Vaccine out of Fridge
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Hospital employee arrested for 'intentionally' moving vaccine from fridge
A former employee at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wisconsin, has been arrested for "intentionally" removing Moderna vaccines from refrigeration, authorities said Thursday.

Over 500 doses were spoiled, and 57 people received less-effective doses of the vaccine, Dr. Jeff Bahr, president of Aurora Health Care Medical Group, said Thursday.

On Dec. 26, a pharmacy technician found 57 vials of the vaccine, equivalent to 570 doses, outside the refrigerator in which those vials were meant to be stored. The vaccine vials were returned to the refrigerator and the technician reported the incident to superiors.

The “pharmacist responsible for removing the vials” initially maintained that the “incident was an inadvertent error that occurred while the individual was accessing other items from the same refrigerator," Bahr said. However, an investigation revealed that the employee “admitted yesterday to intentionally removing the vaccine from refrigeration,” Bahr said.

The individual also “admitted to removing and then returning the vaccine to the refrigerator overnight, on the evening of Dec. 24 into Dec. 25,” Bahr said. No vaccinations were administered on either day, he said.

The Moderna vaccine must be kept refrigerated between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit, and based on available information, the hospital initially determined that the vaccine was still able to be administered given the allowable 12-hour post-refrigeration window. After 57 doses of the vaccine were administered on Dec. 26, the remainder of that vaccine was discarded, when it was deemed ineffective, following an internal review.

he recipients of those vaccines were subsequently notified, and Bahr said that at this time, that although the vaccines are considered "less effective or ineffective," there is no evidence that the vaccinations pose any harm to them.

Aurora Health has been in communication with Moderna, and the biotech company has assured the health company that there are no safety concerns pertaining to administering a vaccine that may have been out of refrigeration for too long.

The health care company will continue to work with Moderna and the Food and Drug Administration to identify a strategy for future vaccinations for those 57 people.

"It's become clear that this was a situation involving a bad actor, as opposed to a bad process," Bahr said.

The value of the spoiled doses was estimated to be between $8,000 and $11,000, the Grafton Police Department said.

The former employee was arrested Thursday on recommended charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, adulterating a prescription drug and criminal damage to property -- all felonies. His name is being withheld at this time, and he is currently being held in the Ozaukee County jail, authorities said.

The FBI and the FDA are also investigating.
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Villain or hero?