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Hundreds of COVID vaccines wasted in N.J. city due to lack of refrigeration – NJ.com

Three-hundred coronavirus vaccines were delivered to the City of Newark and deemed unusable because they were not refrigerated in a timely fashion, a local health official said.

The matter is now being investigated, said Department of Community Health and Wellness Director Mark Wade.

“We have revised our delivery and assessment procedures and protocols, which will be tightly monitored to prevent this from happening again,” Wade said in a statement.

TAPinto Newark first reported the issue. A city spokesman did not immediately respond when asked if any unusable vaccines had been administered.

It was not immediately clear which vaccine was being investigated. The city has, however, inoculated ministers during a press conference at the Newark Department of Health and Wellness with the Moderna vaccine.

The Moderna vaccine must be stored between -13 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the CDC. It can be stored in a refrigerator at temperatures between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 30 days before the vials are used.

The city has been administering vaccinations at sites across Newark, including pop-up locations.

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