Nearly 900 expired COVID shots administered at Times Square vaccination site: report


FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a health care worker was injected with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

TIMES SQUARE — Nearly 900 people were administered expired Pfizer COVID vaccine doses at a Times Square site, according to a report.

The doses were given at a pop-up site run by ATC Vaccination Services.

“We apologize for the inconvenience to those receiving the vaccine batch in question and want people first and foremost to know that we have been advised that there is no danger from the vaccine they received,” the spokesperson said. “After consulting Pfizer, NYC Department of Health sent out an email on our behalf alerting everyone to return for another vaccine.”

New York City’s Health Department communicated with Pfizer; the pharmaceutical company said the patients should receive another dose as soon as possible.

“While there is no safety risk for the patients, the re-administration is being carried out to ensure that the individuals are fully protected,” a Health Department spokesperson said. “Those patients have received e-mails, phone calls, and are also being sent letters to make sure they are aware of this situation.”

Dose recipients were told the only way they could be sure they were fully vaccinated was to get another shot because the doses they’d received had been in the freezer “too long,” an ATC spokesperson said.

ATC was replaced as provider at the site, an official said.

PIX11 has reached out to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office about the incident.

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