Hundreds of people administered doses of expired COVID-19 vaccines at an event in Times Square in New York, health officials said.
The New York Department of Health confirmed that 899 individuals received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at the former NFL Experience building between June 5 and June 10.
A spokesman for the department told newspapers on Tuesday that the people should plan a vaccination session as soon as possible.
“We have communicated with Pfizer, which recommends that patients receive another dose as soon as possible,” the spokesman said in a statement to the media. “Although there is no safety risk to the patients, the re-administration is done to ensure that the individuals are fully protected.”
Other city health department officials, including spokesman Patrick Gallahue, said patients “received emails, phone calls, and also received letters to make them aware of this situation,” The Associated Press reported. .
Patients who received the defective vaccines were notified by ATC Vaccination Services, who said in emails that they should get another chance because the firm could not guarantee whether the shot was effective in spreading COVID-19, otherwise known as the disease, do not occur. caused by the CCP virus (Chinese Communist Party).
‘We’ve contacting you about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine you received from June 5 to June 10, 2021 at the Times Square NFL Experience Vaccination Center. “After the vaccine was administered, it was acknowledged that it was outside the freezer for the approved time frame before it was administered,” David Savitsky, ATC, said in an email to patients: report the New York Post.
The firm contacted the city’s Department of Health and the New York City Vaccination Command Center. Those who received the defective doses could get their “repeated dose” immediately “in the opposite arm,” he added.
ATC Vaccination Services issued a statement following the incident and apologized.
“We apologize for the inconvenience to those receiving the vaccine group in question and want people to know in the first place that we have been informed that the vaccine they received was safe,” the firm said. according to The Associated Press.
The Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 requires two shots to be administered approximately three weeks apart, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Epoch Times contacted the city’s health department and ATC for comment.