Worker Deliberately Spoils 500 Doses of Vaccine

Wisconsin health system originally thought it was an accident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 31, 2020 4:30 AM CST
Worker Deliberately Spoils 500 Doses of Vaccine
Boxes containing vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine sit in a refrigerator at Augusta University in Augusta, Ga., Wednesday morning, Dec. 30, 2020.   (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)

A Wisconsin health system said Wednesday that 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine that had to be discarded after they were left unrefrigerated now appear to have been deliberately spoiled by an employee, the AP reports. Aurora Medical Center first reported on the spoiled doses on Saturday, and said they had been accidentally left out overnight by an employee at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. In a statement late Wednesday, Aurora said the employee involved “today acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration.”

Aurora's statement said they had fired the employee and referred the matter to authorities for further investigation. Their statement said nothing about a possible motive for the action, and health system officials didn't immediately respond to messages seeking more information. “We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic. We are more than disappointed that this individual’s actions will result in a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccine,” the statement said. Aurora declined to provide additional information, but said they would provide more details Thursday.

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