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More than 500 people in Revelstoke asked to re-book COVID jab; vaccine stored in wrong freezer

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August 24, 2021 - 11:28 AM

Over 500 COVID-19 immunizations in Revelstoke are being rebooked after it was discovered the doses were stored in the wrong freezer.

Interior Health is contacting 15 people who had their first dose from vaccines stored incorrectly, and 501 others who had their second from the same supply, to offer them another jab, according to an Interior Health press release issued today, Aug. 24.

Because the 516 doses were stored in an incorrect freezer, the are considered "invalid" but do not pose a health risk to those individuals, Interior Health said.

The doses may offer some protection from the virus, but the health authority is requesting those individuals re-book for another vaccination.

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Interior Health said none of the people who received an invalid dose have contracted COVID-19.

"While unfortunate, this situation demonstrates our monitoring and surveillance systems are working," Interior Health said in the release.

The health authority is taking additional precautions to prevent the mistake in the future.

"We apologize for any concern or frustration this may cause and encourage everyone impacted to re-book their immunization once contacted by Interior Health," the health authority said.

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