The Courier-Mail

VACCINES DUMPED

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UP to 150 Pfizer vaccines have been thrown out because doctors feared the vials were not stored at the right temperatur­e at an aged care home in Melbourne.

But health authoritie­s say wastage has been “far lower than expected” in the first week of the rollout, and the nation’s medical regulator is now considerin­g changes to Pfizer’s -80C cold storage rules that would ease logistical barriers.

A batch of 25 vials was thrown out at St Vincent’s Care Services facility in Werribee yesterday – after residents got the jab on Wednesday – “out of an abundance of caution”, the Department of Health said.

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