The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidance that COVID-19 vaccination sites should not miss an opportunity to vaccinate an individual, even if it means remaining doses in a vial will go to waste, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.
"As access to COVID-19 vaccine increases, it is important for providers to not miss any opportunity to vaccinate every eligible person who presents at vaccine clinics," the CDC said.
Johnson & Johnson vials contain five doses, Pfizer-BioNTech vials contain six doses and Moderna vials contain around 10 doses, but the company was recently allowed to begin filling vials with as many as 15 doses.
A Pfizer spokesman said the drugmaker will start shipping its six-dose vials in smaller bundles at the end of the month, adding a 75-vial, 450-dose option to its 195-vial, 1170-dose bundle.
The smaller package size will enable Pfizer "to reach even more people living in rural areas of the US, where mass vaccination centres, equipped to store and manage larger numbers of doses, are few and far between," the spokesman said.
The CDC has said it hopes to maintain wastage below 2% of total doses delivered, adding that as vaccination supply expands and opportunities to receive the vaccine increase nationwide, it expects wastage may increase
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