Health system in Wisconsin: worker at Aurora Medical Center intentionally spoils

GRAFTON, Wis. A Wisconsin health system official said Wednesday that 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine that had to be discarded after being disqualified have now apparently been spoiled by an employee.

The Aurora Medical Center first reported on the spoiled doses on Saturday, saying they were accidentally dropped off by an employee at their facility in Grafton overnight.

Aurora said in a statement late Wednesday that the employee in question “admitted today that they deliberately took the vaccine out of the refrigerator.”

Aurora’s statement states that they fired the employee and referred the matter to the authorities for further investigation. Their statement says nothing about the possible motive for the action, and health officials do not immediately respond to messages seeking more information.

“We still believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic. We are more than disappointed that the actions of this individual will lead to a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccination,” the statement said.

Aurora declined to provide additional information, but said they would provide more details Thursday.

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