The fate of extra COVID-19 vaccine doses |

The fate of extra COVID-19 vaccine doses

Created: May 28, 2021 06:37 PM

(ABC 6 News) - With fewer people lining up for COVID-19 vaccinations, many doses may end up going to waste. 

Counties are now trying to change to prevent that waste, doing things like ordering fewer vaccines each week and doing vaccinations by appointment.

"About two weeks ago, we didn't have anybody left on our list and unfortunately we did have to start throwing some vaccine away. we do try to avoid doing it, Freeborn County Public Health Director Sue Yost said. 

In Freeborn County, unused doses are going to pop up events at churches and the county jail and they say they won't open a vial unless they know it will be used.

In Iowa, where vaccination rates are much lower, counties are ordering fewer vaccines to avoid wasted doses.

Public Health leaders say when they see countries like India struggling to get enough vaccine, it makes them fight to use all they have here. 
"We don't like to waste vaccines. try to do the best we can to manage those vaccines but still stress to people you can still get it. please get in. find a public health agency a pharmacy talk to your physician if you have questions, but get out here and get the vaccine. It's good medicine," says Brian Hanft, Director, Cerro Gordo County Public Health.

In some cases, county public health departments can send vaccine doses back out of the county if they find they have more than they need.

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