INVESTIGATES: UF Health squeezing out extra COVID-19 vaccine doses from ‘overfilled vials’

Action News Jax Investigates: More vaccinations than originally thought

Jacksonville, FLa. —

With phase one of the COVID-19 vaccine well underway, UF Health has begun administering the vaccines to health care workers and nursing homes residents.

UF Health has vaccinated 950 people so far, and expect to vaccinate another 1,300 by the end of the week.

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UF Health epidemiologist Chad Neilsen says state and local health officials are working on the rollout plan for the general public.

Neilsen says questions surrounding timeline is dependent upon the number of initial vaccines the state is currently receiving, “I am [optimistic], I think there’s a lot of reason for hope right now, it’s hope that this is the beginning of the end of the pandemic,”

Doctors at UF Health have found that they’re able to extract about six doses from each vial. “They’re supposed to have enough for five vaccines per little vile, we’re actually being able to extract about six doses out of that,” Neilsen said.

Neilsen says hospitals in Florida currently have enough vaccines for first-shot doses, which they’ll continue giving to health care workers and the elderly. He says at that point, hospitals will be re-supplied with the second dose, which according to Neilsen, is scheduled for the first week of January.