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More than 800 New Yorkers Receive Expired Pfizer Shots

Hundreds of New Yorkers discovered they had received expired doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Monday. The New York City Health Department acknowledged that 899 people received outdated vaccines at a pop-up immunization station in Times Square, formerly home to the NFL Experience. Officials said they’ve “notified” everyone affected that they’ll need another dose as soon as possible.

A spokesperson for ATC Vaccination Services released a statement late Monday, “ATC Vaccination Services is part of a large group of vaccine distributors in partnership with the NYC Department of Health to distribute the vaccine. We apologize for the inconvenience to those receiving the vaccine batch in question and want people first and foremost to know that we have been advised that there is no danger from the vaccine they received.”

Following consultation with Pfizer, the New York City Department of Health sent out an email on our behalf, reminding everyone to return for another immunization. They also told us to call and mail the recipients to let them know that the only way to ensure they’re adequately vaccinated is to come in for another shot. This is due to the one in question had been in the freezer for “too long” to be confident of its full effectiveness. They recommend people who have been affected acquire a new dosage of the Pfizer vaccination from any location that offers it.

According to health officials, patients are not at risk of receiving expired doses, and the city has replaced the vendor who distributes the shots. The announcement comes as the state passing a vaccination milestone on Monday evening.

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