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Correction And Clarification About COVID Vaccines By TMA President Diana Fite, MD

We regret any inaccuracy in the story about allegedly wasted COVID Vaccines and are publishing a complete Press Statement by the Texas Medical Association President Diana Fite, MD

Physicians Are Right to Avoid Wasting Vaccine

Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Diana L. Fite, MD, and Harris County Medical Society President Gary J. Sheppard, MD, about situations physicians and health care workers might face when trying to administer all COVID-19 vaccine without wasting it. This issue emerged after Houston authorities leveled accusations against a local physician.

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“Almost all physician practices that have received COVID-19 vaccine to administer are on occasion scrambling at the end of the day to immunize someone – whether they meet the priority criteria or not – to avoid wasting the vaccine in a punctured vial.

“It is difficult to understand any justification for charging any well-intentioned physician in this situation with a criminal offense.

“Physicians and health care workers are scrambling to get the vaccine into as many arms as possible, as quickly as possible, to stop the spread of this potentially fatal virus. They follow priority-order protocols as closely as they can and then apply common sense if it’s necessary to prevent the waste of this precious vaccine.

“They should be applauded, not penalized, for doing so.”

About TMA

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 55,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

About HCMS

HCMS, established in 1903, is the professional society for physicians in Harris County. It is the largest county medical society in the nation, with a membership of more than 12,400 physicians and medical students. Its mission is to be the leading advocate for its member physicians, their patients, and the community in promoting the highest standards of ethical medical practice, access to quality medical care, medical education, research, and community health.

Original Story

There plenty of talk about a shortage of COVID vaccines, but those who give the shots face another problem. Dr. Diana Fite, who heads the Texas Medical Association, says it’s common for doctors to end the day with extra doses, and nothing to do with it, so it goes in the trash. The amounts are only adequate for six hours once the syringe goes into the vial. Dr. Fite says they pressure doctors to trash extras instead of reporting them. If a provider doesn’t use every bit, they lose credibility, which hurts the state’s overall allocation.