21,300 cans of Moderna expire in Middlesex London

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COVID-19 vaccines have a shelf life and currently the expiration date of 21,300 doses of Moderna vaccine in the London area is about two weeks away.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) says the cans must be used by Aug 12 as they have already been thawed.

“We don’t want this vaccine to be wasted so we ask people who are not fully vaccinated to join us in the fight against COVID-19 and consider a first or second dose of Moderna,” said Dr. Chris Mackie, health officer.

The number of people looking for a vaccine has decreased in the past two weeks, the health department said. And this despite the fact that 20 percent of eligible people over the age of 12 are still unvaccinated with a first dose.

“We want as many people as possible to be protected from COVID-19 as soon as possible, and this shipment from Moderna enables us to do that,” said Mackie.

Since July 1st, the MLHU has administered 81,000 doses of Moderna. Health Canada, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) agree that the mRNA vaccine is interchangeable with others of the same type as Pfizer.

The latest figures from the MLHU show that a total of 643,013 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in London and Middlesex Counties. According to the health department, 62.8 percent of people received both doses.

#MLHU reaches out to residents who have not yet received a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and asks them to consider choosing the Moderna vaccine.#Medium sex #LdnOnt /1

– @ MLHealthUnit