People are desperate to get their hands on the COVID-19 vaccine, especially those not yet eligible. And it’s leading to them trying an usual tactic.
How are they doing it? They search for leftover doses. Where do they find them?
Once a vaccine is thawed, it has to be used within hours. If it’s not, then the vaccine must be thrown away. If people don’t show up for their appointments or clinics have to shut down, they’re left with extra doses. So some lucky people just happen to be at the clinic, whether with a loved one or some other person, and they’re able to get the shot so the vaccines aren’t wasted. #WakeUpCLT #COVID19 #Vaccine
It’s called “vaccine hunting,” and health officials are trying to discourage the behavior.