Geisinger clinic administers defective vaccines to 330 patients due to refrigeration error

Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System's family medicine clinic in Pittston, Pa., notified 330 patients this week that their recent vaccinations may not be fully effective due to a refrigeration error, reports The Times Leader.

During a routine inspection, the clinic discovered its vaccines were stored at improper refrigeration temperatures for a three-month period ending in March. Affected vaccines do not pose a threat to patient safety, but may have less potency and therefore offer less immunity.

Geisinger is offering to revaccinate patients who received an affected vaccine at no cost.

"Patient safety is our first concern," James Tricarico, DO, a family medicine physician at Geisinger Pittston clinic told The Times Leader. "While we apologize for the inconvenience, we're urging our patients to schedule their revaccination to keep them safe from preventable diseases. There is no additional risk from receiving the vaccination a second time, and doing so will ensure the full potency of the vaccine."

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