This is not the “experience” that New Yorkers want.
The operator of the COVID vaccination pop-up site in the former “NFL Experience” building in Times Square sent an emergency notice advising 899 patients that he mistakenly injected them with expired Pfizer doses.
The patients were told by ATC Healthcare Services that they should receive another injection because the company “cannot guarantee the effectiveness” of the doses they received.
“We are contacting you regarding the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine that you received at the Times Square – NFL Experience vaccination site from June 5 to 10, 2021. It was recognized after the vaccine was administered that it remained in the freezer beyond the approved time before its administration, ”David Savitsky said in an email to patients.
A father of two teenage daughters who received the faulty shots last week remained enraged after receiving the email and phone call from ATC Healthcare about the confusion.
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“The guy who called wasn’t even a doctor,” the father said.
The source, who wished to remain anonymous, also wondered how many other patients had received faulty doses.
“It’s a 6 day period !!!! No one noticed it?!?!?” Said the parent.
Savitsky said in his email that ATC had contacted the city’s health department and the New York City Vaccine Command Center and claimed that “there should be no adverse consequences on the health of the vaccine already received “.
But Savitsky added, “As we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of the dose of vaccine you have received, we recommend that it be repeated to ensure protection. This dose of vaccine administered in error will not count towards. a complete series of vaccines. “
He said the “repeat dose” can be received immediately “in the opposite arm” that received the faulty shot.
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Patients must receive two doses of Pfizer or Moderna to be fully protected against the coronavirus. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires one dose.
Savitsky of ATC Healthcare told patients they can be revaccinated in any location that offers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, including pharmacies or other medical providers.
“This notice can be given to the provider to confirm why you need to receive an extra dose of vaccine,” said Savitsky of ATC Health Services.
“We apologize for any inconvenience or concern this may cause you.”
ATC Healthcare’s vaccination site in Times Square was still making appointments through the city’s health department website as well as walk-in visits.
A supervisor at the Time Square site declined to comment when a Post reporter showed up and asked about the faulty doses.
After hearing about the blunder, city officials immediately replaced ATC Healthcare as the Times Square vaccine operator with a new supplier, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.
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A city hall official said 899 patients needed to be revaccinated but no further appointments at the Times Square site needed to be canceled.
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