Vaccinations rebooked in Revelstoke after 'invalid' doses given to more than 500 people

Some Revelstoke residents will need to get another COVID-19 vaccine after it was discovered some doses were stored improperly and are considered “invalid.”

The health authority said the vaccine had been administered to 15 people as first doses and 501 as second doses. Although it may have provided some protection from COVID-19, Interior Health is contacting each person individually to offer another dose.

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“Receiving an invalid dose of vaccine does not pose risk to the client and fortunately none of these individuals have contracted COIVD-19 since their immunization,” Island Health said Tuesday in a statement.

It said the situation demonstrates that monitoring and surveillance systems are working, and that additional precautions have been implemented to prevent similar incidents.

“We apologize for any concern or frustration this may cause and encourage everyone impacted to rebook their immunization once contacted by Interior Health,” the health authority said.

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