CDC: Mixing vaccines okay in limited circumstances

Marco Green
January 24, 2021

Almost 2,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were spoiled at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Boston after a contractor accidentally unplugged a freezer, hospital officials announced Thursday.

A higher ratio of severe reactions was also recorded in data from Pfizer's vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on Thursday on the administration of the two coronavirus vaccines now approved for Emergency Use Authorization. All 200 million doses are expected to be delivered by July 31, 2021, allowing for 100 million people to be vaccinated. 57,400 doses of the batch have been distributed to 118 vaccination sites throughout Oregon, OHA said, and the majority of them have already been administered. "We look forward to continuing our work with the USA government and healthcare providers around the country".

The new guidance stresses that "every effort" should be taken to ensure that a patient receives the same vaccine, but that "any available mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may be administered at a minimum interval of 28 days between doses" in certain unique circumstances such as available supplies being are limited or the patient being unaware of which vaccine they originally received.

COVAX is now the only global initiative that is working with governments and manufacturers to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide to both higher-income and lower-income countries.

Since the supply of COVID-19 vaccines is now limited, each state has its own plan for deciding which groups of people will be vaccinated first.

Staff at the Veterans Affairs Boston Pharmacy found out that a freezer at the Jamaica Plain campus failed, ruining 1,900 doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, NBC10 in Boston reported.

But in the rare event that the same kind isn't available or if it's not known what was given for the first shot, English officials say it's OK to give whichever vaccine is available for the second shot.

Getting the flu vaccine will protect you and your community, and allow the health-care system to focus all of its resources on helping coronavirus patients.

It is not too late to receive the flu vaccine.

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