BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County reports 308 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine went to waste in the county.
This number is cumulative from when the vaccination first arrived in the county. It also includes any vials that were broken in transit or during administration.
The number also includes any vials that were thawed but unable to be used within the recommended timeframe, according to the DOH.
“These doses were not wasted by the county health department, but by community partners,” a DOH spokesperson said in a statement. “We continue to work with all partners to ensure no additional doses are wasted.”
This comes as Palm Beach County is currently undergoing an audit from the state after more than 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were reported damaged last week. Gov. Ron DeSantis said health officials wanted to inquire after receiving reports of doses that were spoiled because they were improperly stored.
Following the audit’s announcement, News 6 reached out to every DOH office in Central Florida about the number of doses, if any, that have gone to waste. Brevard County was the first to respond.
This story will be updated as more counties respond to News 6′s inquiries.