Spokane patients among hundreds of expired COVID-19 vaccines

November 15, 2021 3:05 p.m.

Posted on November 15, 2021 3:05 PM

Ted S. Warren

FILE – In this March 4, 2021 file photo, a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine rests on a table at a mass vaccination site in Puyallup, Washington, south of Seattle. Moderna is reducing expectations for the number of expected COVID-19 vaccine deliveries this year. The drug maker said on Thursday Nov. 4th that longer lead times for exports and temporary impacts from expanding its filling capacity could postpone some deliveries to early 2022.

SPOKANE, Washington – More than 800 Kaiser Permanente patients received expired Moderna vaccines in Washington last month, including some who received the vaccine in multiple Spokane locations.

The error was announced in an internal email to some Kaiser employees and received from 4 News Now.

The document states that 828 patients received a Moderna vaccine that was no more than 72 hours past its stated expiration date.

The vaccines were given between October 25th and October 27th. It happened in multiple Washington locations including Riverfront, Kendall Yards, Veradale and Lidgerwood at the Spokane offices.

The document states that affected patients will be contacted and there is no reason to believe that the doses administered are unsafe or ineffective. Clinical experts do not recommend a repeat dose for these patients.

The Kaiser email also states: “Executives have set up additional employee logs to ensure compliance with future expiration dates.”

Kaiser published the following statement on the situation to 4 News Now:

As part of our ongoing quality control and review of vaccine administration, between October 25-27, 2021, we identified a subgroup of patients who received a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine no more than 72 hours after the stated expiration date. We are in the process of contacting all affected patients and have contacted the vaccine manufacturer. In consultation with Kaiser Permanente’s clinical experts, there is no evidence that the vaccine being administered is ineffective or unsafe. Our clinical experts do not recommend repeated vaccination doses for patients who have received these doses. Individuals with questions about their vaccine administration can call 206-630-2080 for more information.

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