PUTNAM COUNTY, MAISTIN (KMOV.COM) – Missouri County near the Iowa border says it is left with about 1,500 unused doses from a mass vaccination conducted Saturday.
In a letter published Monday, the Putnam County Health Department said it received 2,340 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for mass vaccination on February 27. Only 700 people were vaccinated, leaving the health department with nearly 1,500 unused doses, which were then given to other counties. However, 143 doses had to be discarded, health officials said. Once the vaccine is diluted, health officials say it should be used within six hours or damaged.
There were several reasons for discarding doses. Health officials say that in some cases the needles have been shifted, not all vials have made six doses, some people who have booked an appointment have not shown up, and others have booked duplicate appointments.
MacDonald County health officials are looking for weapons on Wednesday because they say they still have about 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and have already covered most of the county’s population.
The situation in Putnam County comes amid complaints that the state of Missouri has benefited from vaccine supplies, something Governor Mike Parson has denied. Some residents of the St. Louis area drove for several hours to rural counties, where some doses remained unused. On Monday, state health officials said they were planning more mass vaccination events in the St. Louis area, but did not specify dates or times.
Missouri scoreboard figures from Missouri show that Cape Girardeau County has the highest percentage of residents who have been vaccinated by any county in the state.
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