Man says it’s ‘unbelievable’ he and 14 others got expired COVID vaccines at Sask. pharmacy | CBC News

Regina man gets angry after discovering that his wife, and several others, were recently injected using expired COVID-19 vaccines.

“We tried to do the right thing. This vaccination is protecting me and my family. It was amazing to hear that your vaccine had expired,” Jignesh Padia said to CBC News.

Padia and his wife, along with their son, went to Southland Mall Safeway to receive a bivalent COVID shot.

He said that he felt something was wrong.

Padia stated that they noticed that the pharmacist looked tired.

Jignesh Padia wants the pharmacy regulatory body to investigate the incident. (AP)

He explained that this is why he double-checked with the pharmacist that his wife was getting bivalent shots. To avoid mismanagement, he made sure that his son got the flu shot first.

Padia received a call from the pharmacy on Friday to inform him that the shots his wife and he had taken were no longer valid.

He was also informed that the doses they received only protected against the original coronavirus and not against Omicron subvariants.

My son even said that it was possible for this to happen. Padia stated that expired food is thrown out when it’s not in use.

Padia and his spouse weren’t the only ones to have expired COVID vaccinations. Sobeys, the owner of Safeway pharmacies has informed 15 people that their expired doses were being given.

Additionally, the company stated that all doses of the monovalent COVID-19 booster were used and not the bivalent.

Sobeys says it has apologized to patients affected by the incident. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, pharmacies should throw away expired vaccines.

Sobeys apologises

Sobeys stated that it is conducting an internal investigation into the incident to determine the causes and prevent it from happening again.

“We regret deeply that this happened and have apologized for any inconvenience caused to our patients.” This is against the clearly defined vaccine storage, administration and safety procedures that we have in place at pharmacies,” said Sarah Dawson, Sobeys’ public affairs lead.

Padia also requested that Saskatchewan’s pharmacy regulator investigate.

Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals states that it is mandated to investigate all complaints about pharmacists received from the public. However, it cannot comment publicly on any open complaint or investigation.

Expired vaccines are not harmful but may lose their effectiveness depending on how long after expiry they have been administered, according to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Expired vaccines may lose effectiveness

Sobeys stated that it is working with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and the vaccine manufacturer in order to determine if expired vaccines can still be used.

According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, although expired vaccines aren’t harmful, they can lose their effectiveness and produce a different immune response depending on how long the vaccine has been expired.

If they are viable, they will produce the same immune reaction as an expired vaccine. The ministry stated that if the vaccine is not viable, it may be necessary to re-administer the vaccine to ensure they develop the appropriate immune response.

According to the ministry, there are approximately 1,600 doses currently in pharmacies and SHA Clinics throughout the province. The ministry says that vaccine manufacturers continually test vaccines on the marketplace and may extend expiry dates depending on those results.

Padia wants to be sure that he and his family are covered against COVID before they leave the country next week.

He said, “I’m just confused.”


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