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More than 200 COVID vaccine doses wasted in Arizona

Report puts YRMC on list of providers with missing shots - CBS 13's Cody Lee investigates

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has revealed 220 COVID-19 doses have been wasted, or spoiled across the state. And, ADHS says, Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) is on the list of clinics with missing shots.


According to the hospital, out of hundreds of Moderna vials they’ve received since the first allocation, two of the vials went missing and there is no further information of their whereabouts.

This brand of the vaccine only lasts up to six hours outside of the refrigerator at a certain temperature. However, the 20 doses are simply missing and it has nothing to do with a broken syringe or spoiled dose.

The hospital has received 13,000 allocated doses to date.
 
All providers are required to document all vaccines through the Arizona State Immunization Information System (AIIS) which hospital staff has already done.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bharat Magu, says the two vials are unaccounted for.

“I can't tell you what happened we just couldn't, when we were reconciling the data with the vials out of close to 100 vials, two vials are missing. And we did report that to ADHS at that point. Since then there have been zero discrepancies in how we are allocating and how we are recording that information,” Dr. Magu explained.

Although 20 doses are unaccounted for, YRMC says vaccine clinic crews have been able to retrieve one extra dose from each vial with the use of the appropriate syringe.
 
That means the clinic was able to produce 495 additional doses.
 
There have been zero wasted vaccines at the vaccine clinic according to Doctor Magu.

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Cody Lee

Cody Lee joined 13 On Your Side and KYMA News 11 in March 2020, but he’s no stranger to Arizona. He grew up in the Phoenix area and enjoys everything Arizona has to offer.

Prior to moving to Yuma, he served as a News Video Editor at Arizona’s Family 3TV / CBS 5 in Phoenix.

Lee spent most of his life watching the news and discovering a passion for tv news journalism. After college, Lee received an opportunity in Las Vegas, Nevada at KSNV News 3 and worked on longtime local morning news program “Wake Up with the Wagners” and the #1 rated weekend evening newscasts. He spent 3 years at KSNV, before moving on to a new experience in Sin City at KLAS 8 News Now.

Cody later moved to real estate marketing, until he returned back to his hometown of Phoenix.

Lee is excited to start this new journey, as a journalist, right here in Yuma and Imperial Valley. He starts his on-air duties in the midst of the devastating Coronavirus Pandemic.

When he is not reporting on the amazing people in his communities, you can catch him enjoying a hike or spending time exploring all the great things Yuma and the Valley are known for. He also enjoys relaxing at home, reading all the latest headlines – with his tabby cat, Oliver.

You can catch him on the air Wednesday thru Friday at 6pm and 10pm on CBS 13. On the weekends, at 5pm & 10pm on KYMA News 11 and 10pm on CBS 13.

Lee hopes to bring you factual and accurate reporting on stories that are impacting the people of our beautiful communities.

You can contact Cody at cody.lee@kecytv.com.

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