AQW 12617/17-22 – COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine

Mr Patsy McGlone (Mid Ulster): To ask the Minister of Health whether amounts of the Pfizer vaccine have been dumped by Health and Social Care Trusts because the numbers of people invited for vaccine at the end of shifts did not match up to the anticipated supply required with no standby list being contacted to avoid wastage.

Minister of Health: On foot of careful strategic planning Wastage rates in the current vaccination programme are far below usual wastage rates in other vaccination programmes. Latest figures suggest a wastage rate of 0.5% which reflects the measures already in place.

As such, a standby list has not been required.