A Wisconsin hospital employee was fired after intentionally discarding “more than 500 doses” of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine from a pharmacy refrigerator, the parent health system of the facility confirmed Wednesday night.
Advocate Aurora Health said the “appropriate authorities” have been notified after an employee at the health system’s Grafton, Wis. hospital discarded the dosages of the vaccine made by Moderna. Initially, the hospital said it was led to believe the employee’s actions were “human error,” but further investigation revealed another story.
“Earlier this week, we learned that 57 vials of Moderna vaccine were removed from a pharmacy refrigerator at Aurora Medical Center – Grafton overnight, resulting in more than 500 doses of vaccine being discarded,” Advocate Aurora Health, the parent of the Grafton, Wis, hospital said. “We immediately launched an internal review and were led to believe this was caused by inadvertent human error. The individual in question today acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration.”
Advocate Aurora Health said they have “notified appropriate authorities for further investigation.”
Hospital systems like Advocate Aurora have been vaccinating thousands of their employees against Covid-19 in recent days with vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer. Such vaccines earlier this month were granted emergency use authorizations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic,” Advocate Aurora said Wednesday night. “We are more than disappointed that this individual’s actions will result in a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccine. This was a violation of our core values, and the individual is no longer employed by us.”
Advocate Aurora Health is one of the 10 largest health systems in the U.S. with more than 75,000 employees largely in Illinois and Wisconsin where most of its hospitals and outpatient facilities are located.