Following was released by Mercer County Health District

(12-31-20) It has come to our attention that there is some misinformation circulating on social media about MCHD’s administration of the COVID-19 vaccine. Apparently there is a rumor that MCHD has wasted vaccine that could have been given to people who wanted it. This is FALSE. Yesterday was our first COVID-19 vaccination clinic. During this clinic our staff gave 142 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine out of ten 14-dose vials. Not only did they not waste any vaccine, but they managed to stretch the supply to obtain two extra doses. (It is not unusual for a multi-dose vial of vaccine to contain slightly more than the advertised quantity).

It has also come to our attention that people have been encouraged to call MCHD to be placed on a waiting list to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. While we do maintain a short list of individuals who may be able to show up on short notice to receive unused doses of vaccine before they expire (to avoid waste), we do not intend to maintain a large-scale waiting list. Not only do the many incoming phone calls from people wanting vaccine take up a lot of staff time, but calling everyone on the waiting list to notify them when the vaccine is available would take up a lot of valuable time as well. We currently have a sufficient list in place to avoid wasting vaccine. MCHD is not adding anyone to a COVID-19 waiting list at this time.

Please understand that the MCHD staff is still busy with COVID-19 case management, vaccine clinic planning, scheduling appointments, vaccinating people who are eligible to receive the vaccine, reporting the vaccinations given to the state within 24 hours, and communicating important information to the public as the situation changes. When vaccine availability expands to include more Mercer County residents, we will make this known through social media, radio and newspaper announcements.