COVID-19

Thousands of vaccines on the verge of expiring

Once a hot commodity, COVID vaccines are now expiring on freezer shelves.

Thousands of doses of coronavirus vaccines are waiting in freezers and they could go bad before they make it into people’s arms.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) estimates that as many as 66,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines could expire by the end of the month. Another 240,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine are expected to go bad in the next two months.

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The problem is vaccine hesitancy.

COVID-19 vaccines were a hot commodity when they were introduced in December. People had to sign up on waiting lists throughout the winter and spring to get access to the shots.

Millions of Michiganders got inoculated. But now everyone who wanted to be vaccinated has been.

To avoid wasting a valuable resource, the state is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to share vaccines with other states. It’s also urging vaccine providers to allocate their doses to other providers that may be seeing more traffic.

You can read the full story on MLive.