COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 jabs in Muntinlupa risk spoilage due to storage issues

Dwight de Leon
COVID-19 jabs in Muntinlupa risk spoilage due to storage issues

READY TO JAB. A health officer prepares to administer a COVID-19 shot at a vaccination hub in Manila on Thursday, July 8, 2021.

Rappler

'Ayon sa inisyal na pagsusuri, nagkaroon ng pagbabago sa temperatura na maaaring makaapekto sa kalidad ng bakuna,' the Muntinlupa City government says in an advisory

The Muntinlupa city government said on Thursday, July 15, that a COVID-19 vaccine storage facility encountered temperature issues, resulting in the suspension of inoculations at a mall that day.

In a statement, the Muntinlupa COVID-19 Vaccination Program (Muncovac) apologized for the postponement of the scheduled inoculations of residents and workers at Festival Mall.

“Ayon sa inisyal na pagsusuri, nagkaroon ng pagbabago sa temperatura na maaaring makaapekto sa kalidad ng bakuna,” the Muncovac said.

(Based on initial assessment, there was a change in temperature that might have affected the quality of the vaccines.)

“Nagdesisyon pong huwag nang gamitin ang mga bakunang ito. Mas mabuti na pong sigurado tayo dahil kaligtasan ng mga babakunahan ang nakasalalay dito,” it added.

(We have decided not to use the vaccines. This is to ensure the safety of those scheduled to receive the jabs.)

The city government asked affected individuals to wait for announcements on their new vaccination schedule.

It said that Muntinlupa was already coordinating with the national government over its vaccine storage issues.

The media asked the Muntinlupa city government and the Department of Health (DOH) about how many doses were affected, but both parties said they were still validating the incident. 

The DOH has also yet to confirm whether the jabs could still be used.

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Dwight de Leon

Dwight de Leon is a multimedia reporter who covers local government units and the Commission on Elections for Rappler.