About Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines don’t last long

Why waste?

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...

Appointments Fall Through

People don’t always show up for their appointments. If the vial has already been thawed, this leaves an extra dose.

Equipment Failures

Power outages or broken freezers can result in entire batches of vaccine thawing unexpectedly.

Incomplete Vials

If a vial contains enough for 8 doses and only 3 have been used during the day, the 5 remaining are extra.

Unexpected Weather

Bad weather has thrown off transportation schedules resulting in makeshift vaccine stations on the road.

Do perfectly good COVID-19 vaccines actually get thrown away?

Mar 2, 2021 – FOX Nashville – Going forward, how do state leaders plan to prevent vaccine waste in Tennessee?

Feb 28, 2021 – WFLA – Rite Aid throws away extra COVID-19 vaccines

Feb 26, 2021 – CBS Las Vegas – COVID-19 ‘vaccine hunters’ jump onto ‘waste lists’

Feb 17, 2021 – NBC Jacksonville – Are COVID-19 vaccine shots going to waste?

Feb 15, 2021 – ABC7 Chicago – 526 Illinois COVID-19 vaccines wasted, officials fight to keep discarded doses minimal

Feb 12, 2021 – Palm Desert Spring Sun – ‘We’re going to find an arm’: Providers trying to keep COVID-19 vaccines from going to waste

Feb 10, 2021 – NBC Boston – More Than 1,200 COVID Vaccination Doses Wasted in Massachusetts

Feb 3, 2021 – USNews – Arizona County Discarded Over 500 Doses of Virus Vaccine

Jan 28, 2021 – NPR – They’re A Precious Commodity, So Why Are Some COVID-19 Vaccines Going To Waste?

Jan 28 – 2021 – MedPage Today – How Not to Waste COVID Vaccines

Jan 27, 2021 – KNOE – Monroe man outraged, says pharmacy threw out some COVID vaccines

Jan 24 – TheStreet – Covid-19 Vaccines Are Going to Waste. Good Luck Finding Out How Many

Jan 21, 2021 – ProPublica – How Many Vaccine Shots Go to Waste? Several States Aren’t Counting.

Jan 21, 2021 – RollingStone – How Many Vaccine Shots Go to Waste?

Jan 15, 2021 – NBC News – Thousands of Covid-19 vaccines wind up in the garbage because of fed, state guidelines

Jan 6, 2021 – WGRZ – Walgreens confirms it had to throw out vials of expired COVID-19 vaccines

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

Mar 10, 2021 – Public News Service – Groups Try to Find Last-Minute Arms for Extra Vaccine Doses

Mar 8, 2021 – Medical Daily – New Website Offers Chance at Leftover Vaccine Shots

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.