Ministry: PAHO advised on Pfizer shelf life extension

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    The Ministry of Health it was advised by PAHO that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines’ shelf life has been increased from 6 months to 9 months.

    It was revealed last week that the unopened Pfizer vials that T&T currently has, which would have expired next month, will now expire in February 2022.

    “The Expanded Programme for Immunization Unit of the Ministry of Health was advised, via official communication in September, 2021 from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), of the World Health Organisation (WHO) advisory on the increase in the shelf life of unopened Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine vials. The advisory indicates that the shelf life for unopened vaccine vials, which are stored at temperatures ranging from -90°C to -60°C, has been increased from 6 months to 9 months. This advisory applies to current and future batches of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.”

    This advisory applies to current and future batches of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines.

    The Ministry says that the extension of the shelf life was not a directive of the National Technical Advisory Group, the Ministry of Health or of the T&T Government.

    It released this clarification today, following what it states was misinformation in the public stemming from a front page headline on the Newsday on October 12th,