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Wisconsin health system: Worker deliberately spoiled 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine
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Wisconsin health system: Worker deliberately spoiled 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine

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GRAFTON — A Wisconsin health system said Wednesday that 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine that had to be discarded after they were left unrefrigerated now appear to have been deliberately spoiled by an employee.

Aurora Medical Center first reported on the spoiled doses on Saturday, and said they had been accidentally left out overnight by an employee at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

In a statement late Wednesday, Aurora said the employee involved “today acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration.”

Aurora’s statement said the employee has been fired and the matter has been referred to authorities for further investigation. The statement said nothing about a possible motive for the action, and health system officials didn’t respond to messages seeking more information.

“We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic. We are more than disappointed that this individual’s actions will result in a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccine,” the statement said.

Aurora declined to provide additional information, but said it would provide more details Thursday.

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