An official from the Buleleng Health Agency has confirmed that thousands of Covid-19 vaccine doses in Buleleng have passed their expiry date.
The Head of Buleleng Health Agency, Dr. Sucipto, confirmed that over 2,200 Covid-19 vaccine doses in Buleleng expired on March 31. “2,200 doses of Covid vaccine from AstraZeneca passed their expiry date and became unusable by March 31,” Dr. Sucipto said on Sunday (3/4).
However, Sucipto wasn’t sure whether he would destroy the expired vaccines or return them to the provincial government.
“We’ve been communicating with the provincial government to determine the process for these unused vaccines. Either way, we will need an internal and external investigation regarding this issue,” Dr. Sucipto added.
Dr. Sucipto ensured that the current distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine in Buleleng won’t be interrupted as the regional government still had enough vaccines for its residents. “Buleleng still has 9,102 doses of the vaccine from different companies, including Pfizer, Moderna, and Sinovac. So, our vaccination program is still running normally,” Dr. Sucipto concluded.
Meanwhile, the Head of Bali Health Agency, Dr. I Nyoman Gde Anom, said that this problem might have been caused by the fact that many Buleleng residents were reluctant to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, causing a delay in vaccine distribution.
“I have to admit that many Buleleng residents were reluctant to join the vaccination program. But the regional government’s officials should’ve communicated with us earlier, so we could have anticipated this problem,” Dr. Anom said.
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