COVID-19 vaccines don’t last long
Each vial of vaccine contains enough vaccine for several doses. However, once thawed and opened, that vaccine must be given within a short amount of time (usually 6 hours) or else must be discarded. Sometimes well-meaning healthcare professionals are left with “extra” vaccine doses that need to be given quickly.
That’s where Extra Vaccine Notifier comes in. This service allows healthcare professionals to let us know when they have available doses. We then immediately text message people who are nearby and have registered for this free notification service.
Where do extras come from?
This is what happens...
Do perfectly good COVID-19 vaccines actually get thrown away?
Feb 28, 2021 – WFLA – Rite Aid throws away extra COVID-19 vaccines
Jan 28 – 2021 – MedPage Today – How Not to Waste COVID Vaccines
Jan 21, 2021 – RollingStone – How Many Vaccine Shots Go to Waste?
What other resources are there for finding COVID-19 vaccines?
Vaccine Hunter aims to connect and crowdsource information about vaccine distribution sites that have expiring doses with the goal of getting ANYONE that’s mobile and ready their first dose. Many local Vaccine Hunter groups can be found through vaccinehunter.org.
Dr. B is a standby list for healthcare providers to use to find patients when vaccines are about to expire. Dr. B works with healthcare providers while Extra Vaccine Notifier works with healthcare individuals.
Extra Vaccine Notifier in the news
Mar 11, 2021 – Arizona’s Family – Live interview on Good Morning Arizona
Shorten the wait.
Get An “Extra” Vaccine
Sign up to receive text message notifications when an “extra” vaccine is available near you. You’re welcome to register even if you are already on waiting lists. This service is 100% free for everyone.