COVID-19 Vaccines: Early Mistakes and How You Can Avoid Them

March 24, 2021
Alex Evans, PharmD, MBA

Dilution errors and product mix-ups were just a few early errors reported during the vaccine rollout. A PharmD shares his experience and provides guidance on how to avoid them in the future.

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination campaign is thankfully in full force now in the US, with >128 million doses administered and almost 14% of the population having been fully vaccinated as of March 23, 2021. In Northeast Florida, where I work, we are aggressively vaccinating. The health system I work for, for example, has held clinics that have vaccinated close to 2500 people in 1 day (in addition to >5000 employees). Also, our health department, as well as other health systems, have been holding regular clinics as vaccine supply allows.

As the clinics have started to roll out, we are also seeing reports of errors in vaccine handling and administration. In this slideshow, we will look at early error reports compiled by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), and how you can avoid them in your vaccination or practice setting.