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Local TD praises rapid reaction of healthcare staff following major vaccine misallocation

May 12, 2021 13:05 By Shannonside News
Local TD praises rapid reaction of healthcare staff following major vaccine misallocation Local TD praises rapid reaction of healthcare staff following major vaccine misallocation
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One container of the Pfizer Bio-n-tech vaccine contains six doses, meaning the local GP received almost 1,500 individual vaccines, with a total storage life of just 72 hours.

A local TD is praising healthcare staff at GP services across Longford following their work in using up a major misallocation of vaccines delivered by the HSE last week.

Longford GP Dr. Syed Ali received 240 vials of the Pfizer vaccine on Thursday following a reported order of 40 vials, with just 72 hours to see them administered before they expired.

GP surgeries from across the region including Athlone and Mullingar contributed staff and time in order to use the massive surplus of Pfizer vaccines.

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The incident saw 100s of people queue in the town over the weekend in order to receive a dose, with estimates putting close to 40 per cent of the population in Longford now having received their first dose of a vaccine.

Local GPs are calling on the HSE to take responsibility for the misallocation and officially recognize the work involved in seeing every dose used before it expired.

Longford-Westmeath Sinn Fein TD Sorca Clarke says the hard work and quick thinking of local health staff resulted in the best possible outcome:

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