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Loire: 250 people receive expired doses of Pfizer vaccine

Doses were administered between September 7-21 when they could only be administered until September 5. The ARS assured that no health risk was identified.

“A collective mistake” with no identified consequences for health. According to information from France Bleu Loire, teams from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Regional Health Agency were informed on Tuesday, September 21, that 250 people had received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine … expired. About 100 students from seven secondary schools in the region are concerned, as well as participants in the “Go to” vaccination operations in several municipalities.

While the recommended use date for these doses was September 5, they were administered between September 7 and September 21. The ARS justified this error by a traceability problem. Thaw dates would not have been reported on the bottles, according to France Bleu. An audit has been initiated to accurately determine the circumstances of the malfunction.

“No identified health risks”

Meanwhile, the ARS assures, with the approval of the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines, that the injection of an expired dose is not dangerous. “I would really like to reassure people concerned about this vaccine, because today no health risks have been identified for those affected,” said Cécilia Haas, chief of staff for ARS Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

However, the efficacy of the administered vaccine could be questioned. Therefore, the parents of the affected schoolchildren have been warned that they will be offered new vaccination dates, which is not considered valid.

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