Decline in demand leads to increase in vaccine expiration

Coronavirus

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Medical experts in the Miami Valley are expressing concern over more and more vaccines not being used, which eventually lead to them going to waste.

“We see this tool that we can use to fight this virus going to waste. That is very frustrating,” said Dr. Patrick Lytle, vice president of clinical outcomes at Kettering Health.

In Clark County, like much of the U.S., virus cases have gone up.

“Our low point in our cases was before the Fourth of July weekend, and we had 3 confirmed cases that week. Since then, the next week we saw 17 confirmed cases,” said Clark County Health Commissioner Charles Patterson.

However, Patterson said he and his team are working to keep vaccinations in use. “We certainly check all of our expiration dates. With the pace we’re using vaccinations right now, it looks like we’ll actually use them up several weeks before they expire.”

Dan Suffoletto, public information supervisor for Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, said people just aren’t showing up in large number to get vaccinated anymore. “Obviously, as vaccines expire that eliminates the chance of someone using that vaccine in other locations where there may not be an ample supply. However, manufacturers are continuingly manufacturing more supply, and vaccine is becoming more and more available.”

Lytle and other healthcare workers are encouraging people to listen to vaccine science, and get their shot. “If you’ve seen the patients who get sick who thought they weren’t gonna get sick, I think you’d step up to the plate and get vaccinated. We’ve had patients go ‘can I get the vaccine now?’ Well, you have COVID right now.”

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