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Dozens of doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine is thrown out because it wasn't stored correctly

More than 120 doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine have been thrown out following a  storage error at a nursing home in Melbourne. 

Aspen Medical has advised the federal government that 25 multi-dose vials were potentially compromised after they were delivered to the St Vincent's aged care facility in Werribee, south-west of Melbourne. 

The Victorian Health Department has provided a statement on the matter, confirming why the doses had to be discarded.  

More than 120 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine have been thrown out following a storage error in Melbourne (stock image)

ABC journalist Jane Norman (pictured above) was one of the first to report the storage bungle in Melbourne

'The Pfizer vaccine can be stored in a refrigerator at 2 to 8 [degrees] celsius for up to five days,' a spokesperson said.

'While refrigeration was maintained, it was not possible to verify that temperature was maintained throughout.

'Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, a medical decision was made not to use the remaining vials.'

Incredibly, it is the second vaccination bungle since Australia’s rollout began.

Two elderly vaccine recipients were given four times the recommended dosage in Queensland on Wednesday.

Thankfully, both patients have failed to show any signs of an adverse reaction to the doses. 

The doctor who administered the incorrect dosages has since been stood down from the vaccine program.

Earlier on Friday, Scott Morrison revealed more than 23,000 Australians have already received their first dose of the vaccine. 

'The vaccination program could not be more important to Australia's future,' the prime minister said.

'As we continue to roll it out, where there are things that are learned in the early phases, they'll be applied to ensure the most important thing — the safety of Australians and the safety of the vaccine.'

The Victorian Health Department has provided a statement on the matter, confirming the doses had to be discarded 'out of an abundance of caution'

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