Some 683 people re-vaccinate after receiving ineffective vaccines

Some 683 people re-vaccinate after receiving ineffective vaccines

Representative of WHO in Timor-Leste, Arvin Mathur (Image Tatoli/Francisco Sony)

DILI, 17 august 2021 (TATOLI) — The Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Timor-Leste, Arvind Mathur, and the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) called on the 683 people who received the ineffective vaccine during the period of 10 to 15 june to be re-inoculated.

Mathur said according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health, around 683 people received the ineffective vaccine during the period of 10 to 15 june.

The vaccines that were administrated during the period of 10 to 15 june, 2021, at Guido Valadares National Hospital (HNGV), were declared ineffective by WHO, due to the alteration of the temperature of the vaccine storage.

Mathur informed that the change in the temperature of the vaccines storage was not the fault of someone, saying it was because the system didn’t work; as a result, the vaccines had to be relocated several times from one freezer to another.

In addition, the power cut also might have been contributed to the incident,” Mathur told reporters in Dili, today.

Mathur said the Ministry of Health and HNGV are now more vigilant in maintaining the temperature of the vaccine storage to make sure that the vaccines are stored at normal refrigerated temps.

He said to maintain the normal temperature following the WHO standards, the professionals must frequently check the temperature of the vaccine storage at least twice a day, both morning and evening, saying the checking has to be carried out by using the digital system.

The vaccines that were administered to the 683 people were ineffective, which means that if these people were re-injected, nothing would affect their health, said Mathur.

He added the 683 had to be re-vaccinated, adding judging from the number of cases, no one has suffered from the vaccine.

Mathur affirmed that it was the first time the incident occurred at the HNGV.

Previously, the Director-General of the National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV), Alito Soares informed that the 773 vaccinated persons who received the vaccines from 10 to 15 June have to receive the new jabs as those doses were considered ineffective due to alteration of the temperature of vaccine storage.

Further, the Health Minister, Odete Belo last week affirmed that the power cut was one of the main causes of the change of the temperature of the Covid-19 vaccine storage.

Due to the incident, 27 vials of the first dose and 60 vials of the second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine were identified freeze and removed from other doses.

In addition, Mathur appreciated the government on the administration of vaccines in the country.

In Timor-Leste, of the 754.864 eligible groups, 45.6 percent had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, of which 17.8 percent have also received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.


Journalist: Felicidade Ximenes

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario 

Translation: Filomeno Martins 

Editor Nelia Borges Rosario


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