COVID-19 Vaccine Expiration Reminder
This week, the Ohio Department of Health sent out a reminder to providers of COVID-19 vaccines about recent expiration awareness.
NOTE: All remaining doses of Johnson & Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine expired on Saturday, May 6, 2023. Following the expiry, providers should discontinue further administration of J&J/Janssen vaccine and clear their COVID-19 vaccine inventory of this product.
Administration of expired COVID-19 vaccine continues to be a significant issue reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). You can help prevent administration errors by ensuring J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is removed from your storage units and disposed according to state and local regulations. To minimize the risk of administration error, providers should:
- Remove all J&J/Janssen vaccine from storage units at close of business on Friday, May 5, 2023, if no weekend clinics or after clinic hours are scheduled on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
- Once all inventory is fully accounted for, remove the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in the ImpactSIIS Vaccine Ordering Management System (VOMS) by reporting this inventory as expired.
- Dispose of all J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine vials in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations. For more information about disposing of medical waste, please visit the Ohio EPA website.
Thank you for your continued partnership as a COVID-19 vaccine provider.
If you have any questions or issues, please call the ODH Provider Call Center between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1-844-9ODHVAX (1-844-963-4829) or email COVIDVACCINE@odh.ohio.gov.