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Hundreds may have received tainted COVID-19 vaccines from vendor

January 14th, 2022 by WCBC Radio

According to WBAL the Maryland Department of Health provided an update Thursday to state lawmakers that included a timeline of issues surrounding a COVID-19 vaccine vendor. MDH said 873 people, including more than 100 inmates, may have received tainted COVID-19 vaccines from vendor TrueCare24. MDH said became aware in July 2021 of problems associated with TrueCare24 that included no documentation on the storage of its vaccines to confirm they were kept at the right temperature.

In August 2021, Maryland Health Secretary Dennis Schrader said TrueCare24 was unable to address the issues.

In September 2021, MDH terminated the vendor's Maryland ImmuNet account and referred the matter to an audit compliance team.

In October 2021, MDH reached out to vaccine makers Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna for guidance.

In November, MDH contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for next steps. At that time, the CDC said people who got a vaccine from TrueCare24 should get additional doses.

On Dec. 30, 2021, MDH began contacting people who got TrueCare24's shots. According to MDH, everyone who got one of these shots has since been contacted.