UPDATE: Boone County health agency barred from distributing vaccine after mix-up

Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:55 AM EST
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Updated Story (01/13/2021, 12:51 PM):

MADISON, W. Va. (AP) — A county health department in West Virginia has been barred from distributing the coronavirus vaccine until state officials conduct a “clinical monitoring visit,” officials said.

The Boone County Health Department hasn’t received any vaccine since Dec. 30, when it mistakenly gave 44 people an antibody treatment instead of vaccinations, news outlets reported, citing a statement from the Department of Health and Human Resources.

The county agency can resume giving vaccinations after state officials conduct the visit, which will include “a review of agency policies and procedures,” Health and Human Resources spokeswoman Allison Adler said. The visit is expected this week, she said.

“The intent of this process is to provide agency leadership and clinical personnel with recommendations for improving patient care practices and outcomes and the utilizations of agency resources,” Adler said.

At least one other facility, Madison Medical, is distributing vaccines in the county.

Original Story (12/31/2020, 12:21 PM):

MADISON, W.Va (WDTV) - 42 people were administered the Regeneron Antibody product instead of the Moderna Vaccine, according to a press release from the West Virginia National Guard.

This incident happened at a vaccination clinic hosted by staff at the Boone County Health Department.

According to the release, medical experts with the Joint Interagency Task Force do not believe there is any risk of harm to these 42 individuals.

The Regeneron Antibody product that the individuals received was the same one that was administered to President Trump when he became infected, according to the state’s COVID-19 Czar Dr. Clay Marsh.

All individuals that received the antibody have been contacted or are in the process of being contacted. The DHHR will also follow-up regularly with all individuals who received the antibody as an added precaution. These individuals will be offered the vaccine as soon as possible with a priority status.

“The moment that we were notified of what happened, we acted right away to correct it, and we immediately reviewed and strengthened our protocols to enhance our distribution process to prevent this from happening again,” said Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard. “I remain incredibly proud of all that our team has accomplished. Our number one goal has been to save lives, and, as we continue to ramp up distribution of the vaccine all across the state, we continue to save more and more lives every single day.”

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