New Mexico's Department of Health had to discard 75 doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine Tuesday amid concerns that it was not being transported at the proper temperature, according to the governor’s office.
“We did have a minor incident with one of our 18 shipments when we observed a possible temperature change during transit,” governor’s spokesman Matt Nerzig said.
The state disposed of the 15 vaccine vials “in the interests of safety,” Nerzig said. Each vial carries five doses of vaccine.
Officials are reviewing the thermometers they use to alert them when there is an unexpected drop in temperature.
Nerzig said 75 replacement doses were shipped out Wednesday without incident.
Pfizer's vaccines need to be stored in ultra-cold freezers at minus 70 degrees Celsius, or 94 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.