More than 500 coronavirus vaccine doses were discarded after vials of the Moderna drug were intentionally removed from the refrigerator of a Wisconsin hospital, and authorities have been notified in the event they choose to open an investigation, officials with Aurora Medical Center say.
According to a press release, 57 vials of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine were removed from a pharmacy refrigerator at Aurora Medical Center - Grafton overnight, resulting in over 500 doses being discarded after they were exposed to room temperatures.
"We immediately launched an internal review and were led to believe this was caused by inadvertent human error," the release said. "The individual in question today acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration."
Advocate Aurora said they have notified authorities to initiate a further investigation into the matter.
"We are more than disappointed that this individual’s actions will result in a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccine," the release said.
Officials at the health center said that the individual is no longer employed with the group and that the act was a violation of their "core beliefs," according to the release.