Tasmanian Medical Clinic Stored Vaccines Improperly For 20 years
Tasmanian Public Health Services have launched an investigation into the Dodges Ferry Medical in Hobart’s East after discovering vaccines were improperly stored over the past 20 years.
The Director of Public Health found from July 2003 to March 22, 2023, no written evidence showed the vaccines were being stored as required by National Guidelines, such as certain government-funded vaccines for teenagers, adults, and pregnant women.
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However, vaccines include influenza (flu) vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines, and those purchased from pharmacies with private prescriptions are unaffected.
As a result, the vaccines may have been exposed to temperatures that were either too high or too low, potentially compromising their effectiveness.
According to the Tasmanian Government Department of Health, vaccines that were not stored correctly were free government-funded vaccines, which were under the National Immunisation Program.
Concerned individuals can also contact the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738
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