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Hancock County Pharmacy Delivered Diluted COVID-19 Vaccines

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy, with support from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Bureau for Public Health and partners from the Joint Interagency Task Force for Vaccines, is working with Davis Brothers Pharmacy in New Cumberland and Chester, to connect patients to revaccination after the pharmacies administered overly diluted doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for individuals 12 years and older.

The overly diluted vaccines were administered between April and November. Other COVID vaccines, including pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccines, were not affected by the dosing error.

COVID vaccine administration currently is on hold at Davis Brothers Pharmacy while investigations continue. The pharmacy is being directed to contact all patients who have received the lower-dose vaccines.

“To increase protection for themselves and those around them, especially while awaiting maximum protection from revaccination, individuals who received the overly diluted Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from a Davis Brothers Pharmacy in Hancock County are encouraged to wear a mask around others outside of their households, wash hands frequently, keep at least 6 feet of distance from others, and avoid large indoor gatherings,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, State Health Officer and Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health.

State officials are recommending those patients of Davis Brothers Pharmacy be revaccinated with a full dose for every over-diluted dose received.

A series of vaccine clinics will be offered next week to assist those affected in receiving the appropriate dosage of vaccine. Scheduled clinics include:

– 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, and 10 a.m. to noon, Dec. 2, at the Harv, 1420 Mountaineer Circle, New Cumberland

– 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 3, CHANGE Inc. Family Medical Care, 1152 Washington St., Newell.

For all clinics, the Pfizer vaccine will be available for those needing revaccinated, and all other vaccines will be available for anyone 12 years and older requesting vaccines.

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