Advocate Aurora Health officials said Thursday they are still confident in the system’s security protocols despite an employee intentionally removing 570 doses of coronavirus vaccine from refrigerated storage over the weekend, saying the act was the result of a “bad actor” and not “bad processes.”
A pharmacist at Aurora Medical Center-Grafton in Wisconsin admitted to removing 57 vials, which each containing approximately 10 doses of the Moderna vaccine, from freezers at least twice between Dec. 24 and Dec. 26. The employee, who has not yet been identified, returned the vials into storage each time and has been fired. Local and federal authorities are investigating the incident.
A pharmacy technician found the vials outside of refrigerated storage on the morning of Dec. 26.
Some of those doses were used to vaccinate 57 front-line healthcare workers on Dec. 27. Aurora Health Care Medical Group President Dr. Jeff Bahr said those workers have