Hundreds of individuals who received COVID-19 vaccines at a clinic in New Haven, Connecticut, need to receive another shot, officials said.
“After consulting with Pfizer and the Connecticut Department of Public Health it was recommended that those who received the improperly stored Pfizer vaccine or booster get revaccinated as soon as they can,” Health Director Maritza Bond told the outlet. The doses were administered at the New Haven Health Department clinic at 54 Meadow Street between Dec. 25, 2021, and Feb. 7, 2022.
Pfizer officials told New Haven health officials that the improperly refrigerated doses could be less effective, according to the Courant.
“This issue was identified this week when the Health Department was conducting an inventory of our vaccines,” Mayor Justin Elicker said in a statement. “Following this notification, action was taken to investigate the issue and the director of health immediately reached out to the state Department of Public Health as well the vaccine manufacturer, Pfizer.”
Authorities told local Connecticut media that the mishap impacts upwards of 650 people. Officials said that about 22,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered before coming across the storage issue.
Elicker added that a "lot the folks were receiving boosters" and most were being "fully vaccinated but there are (sic) a lot of evidence that boosters really help out, so we want to make sure, as quickly as possibly can, we provide a recommendation, where in other circumstances, this has also happened, is simply to get an additional dose,” Elicker said.