1,150 people will need to repeat their dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine after the Tulsa Health Department discovered an error in the vaccine storage.
THD said they found an internal cold chain error where the vaccine was accidentally stored at freezing temperatures for too long.
They said the impacted doses aren’t dangerous, they just weren’t effective. Health officials recommend repeating the dose to make sure you’re fully protected against the virus.
THD officials said those that received the vaccine do not face any known health risk from the error.
The health department said those who received an affected Pfizer dose between May 3-17 at the James O. Goodwin Health Center, the Central Regional Health Center, the Sand Springs Health Center and the North Regional Health and Wellness Center will be contacted by THD.
“The health and safety of those we serve in our clinics is the top priority of the Tulsa Health Department,” said THD Executive Director Dr. Bruce Dart. “Proper vaccine storage and handling is paramount to the vaccine administration process. We immediately implemented additional cold chain control measures to ensure this does not happen in the future.”