Records request related to COVID-19 vaccine doses

Rachana Pradhan filed this request with the Department of Health and Human Services of Nebraska.
Multi Request Records request related to COVID-19 vaccine doses
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From: Rachana Pradhan


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Nebraska Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

(1) any and all data on the number of wasted, spoiled or expired COVID-19 vaccine doses from 12/11/2020 to 01/26/2021 and (2) any and all data on the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered from 12/11/2020 to 01/26/2021.

Please note that I am a member of the news media as evidenced by my published work for Kaiser Health News at www.khn.org and this request is being made for news gathering purposes. Any questions should be routed to myself via email or by phone at 703-731-7918.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 4 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Rachana Pradhan

From: Department of Health and Human Services

Good Morning:

Thank you for you public records request dated January 29, 2021 seeking data on vaccine loss. Due to the extensiveness of your request and the current workload needs of our staff arising out of the public health crisis, the agency will be unable to provide a cost or time estimate for at least 90 days. In the interim, COVID-19 vaccine data is available online at the following: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information.aspx.

Should you wish to modify or prioritize items within your request, please contact our office.

Thank you,

Erik Fern | Attorney III
LEGAL SERVICES
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
301 CENTENNIAL MALL S, P.O. BOX 95026
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From: Department of Health and Human Services

Good Afternoon:

Thank you for your public records request dated January 29, 2021 seekign records in rlation to vaccine waste. The agency responds with the following:

1. Wasted, Spoiled or Expired Vaccines from 12/11/2020 to 01/26/2021:

TOTAL_DOSES_WASTED
BROKEN_VIAL_OR_SYRINGE
LOST_OR_UNACCOUNTED_FOR_VACCINE
OPEN_VIAL_BUT_ALL_DOSES_NOT_ADMINISTERED
OTHER
VACCINE_DRAWN_BUT_NOT_ADMINISTERED
TOTAL_DOSES_EXPIRED
TOTAL_DOSES_RETURNED
190
25
40
67
36
22
1
0

2. The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered from 12/11/2020 to 01/26/2021:

Total # of COVID Imms
Pfizer Vaccine
Moderna Vaccine
Unspecified COVID Vaccine
163,600
84,107
79,138
354

Please be advised that public records law allows for a charge for the actual cost of collecting, reproducing, and mailing the records you have requested; however, there is no cost for this request.

Thank you,

Erik Fern | Attorney III
LEGAL SERVICES
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
301 CENTENNIAL MALL S, P.O. BOX 95026
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA 68509
OFFICE: 402-471-8298
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From: Rachana Pradhan

Hello all,

Thanks for your response to this records request. I wanted to clarify something -- the total number of wasted doses here is shown as 190, however when I add the individual columns I get a total of 191. Can you advise which is accurate -- 191 or 190?

Thanks,
Rachana

From: Department of Health and Human Services

Good Afternoon,
Thank you for your public records request dated January 29, 2021 seeking records in relation to vaccine waste and your request for clarification received by my office today. I have received clarification form the program on your follow up question regarding the data the Agency provided. I have provided the data again, below for reference. The program advises that the one missing vaccine you referenced in the data was reported as expired, thus placed in its own category as highlighted below. The data below reflects the clarification sought.

1. Wasted, Spoiled or Expired Vaccines from 12/11/2020 to 01/26/2021:

TOTAL_DOSES_WASTED
BROKEN_VIAL_OR_SYRINGE
LOST_OR_UNACCOUNTED_FOR_VACCINE
OPEN_VIAL_BUT_ALL_DOSES_NOT_ADMINISTERED
OTHER
VACCINE_DRAWN_BUT_NOT_ADMINISTERED
TOTAL_DOSES_EXPIRED
TOTAL_DOSES_RETURNED
190
25
40
67
36
22
1
0

1. The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered from 12/11/2020 to 01/26/2021:

Total # of COVID Imms
Pfizer Vaccine
Moderna Vaccine
Unspecified COVID Vaccine
163,600
84,107
79,138
354

Please contact this email directly should you have any further questions. Please note that our office will be close tomorrow in observance of Arbor Day, a Nebraska State holiday.

Thank-you,
Brianna Cowell | Legal - Administrative Assistant II
UNMC MPH - Policy and Adminsitration Student - 2023
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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From: Rachana Pradhan

Thank you, so it's 190 wasted doses + 1 expired dose? For a total of 191?

From: Department of Health and Human Services

Good Morning,
This is confirmation that your below understanding of the vaccine data is correct.

Thank-you!
Brianna Cowell | Legal - Administrative Assistant II
UNMC MPH - Policy and Adminsitration Student - 2023
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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