For Immediate Release: January 28, 2020

Media Contact:
Ben Truman │ Vermont Department of Health

802-316-2117 / 802-863-7281
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Moderna Advises Springfield Hospital Vaccine Supply Can be Used
Refrigeration issues raised concern about 860 doses of vaccine

BURLINGTON, VT – The Health Department has been in contact yesterday and through today with vaccine manufacturer Moderna and federal officials for determination of whether the 860 doses of Moderna vaccine stored at Springfield Hospital are viable following concerns with the temperature equipment.

Late this afternoon Moderna informed the Department that all of the vaccine doses are effective and safe for use. None of the vaccine had been discarded as we waited for the results of the manufacturer’s review.

On Tuesday, Springfield Hospital notified state officials of concerns that its refrigerated vaccine may have reached a temperature slightly above the manufacturer’s recommended maximum. General guidelines from Moderna provided to all states indicated that in such a situation the doses may need to be discarded.

Given the large amount of vaccine involved and specifics of the situation, state and hospital officials worked with the company for a more comprehensive review. Based on a deeper review and totality of the facts, Moderna determined none of the doses were impacted by temperature inconsistencies and can be used with full public confidence.

The Health Department’s Immunization Program provides vaccination guidance and support for the state’s health care providers. The Department is working with Springfield Hospital to investigate the storage issues and is conducting a site visit on Friday. Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD said he appreciates the hospital’s proactive efforts in alerting the state of the situation and in its cooperation during this review. “The public can have confidence in the care and vaccine they receive from Springfield Hospital,” said Dr. Levine.

As of Wednesday morning, only 99 or 0.1% of doses in the state have been considered non-viable or wastage.

Additional information will be available during Governor Phil Scott’s COVID-19 Press Briefing Friday morning at 11:00 a.m.

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