A WCNC Charlotte Defenders investigation is revealing more than 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been thrown away in North Carolina.
It’s a small percentage of the more than one million doses administered, but the state’s top health official said she doesn’t want to see any of the vaccine wasted.
North Carolina Health Secretary Mandy Cohen said providers should not waste any vaccine, even if it means bypassing the priority groups to find the closest arm available.
“Don’t waste any doses,” Secretary Cohen said. “We are seeing very small numbers of vaccine waste.”
The percentage of vaccines being thrown away is small, 0.1% of the 1.1 million vaccines administered, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. However, that percentage equals 1,100 doses that were thrown away.