Regarding Waseda University and the reporting of foreign substances found within certain Moderna Covid-19 vaccine dosesFri, Aug 27, 2021
August 26, 2021
Regarding Waseda University and the Reporting of Foreign Substances Found Within Certain Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine Doses
Earlier today, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) reported that the use of certain Moderna vaccine doses will be suspended due to findings of foreign substances. While we understand this news may regrettably cause uncertainty to individuals concerned, the University states the following: All doses given of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine at Waseda University as part of the government’s university vaccination program have been administered in adherence to vaccination administration protocols, with thorough checking that administered doses do not contain any foreign substances. Furthermore, all vaccine doses administered today and onward will not include any doses from the lot numbers announced by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to be suspended, and vaccinations at the University will continue as planned.
Further details regarding matters up until now, as well as instructions from the University, will be outlined below.
• The University has been administering vaccinations at three locations on campus: Okuma Garden House, International Conference Center, and Building No. 121. On August 19 at Garden House, and on August 20 at the International Conference Center, vaccine doses belonging to lot number 3004667 were identified to contain foreign substances. After contacting the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, the University continued vaccinations as instructed by those organizations. The vaccine doses containing the foreign substances were immediately removed, and were not used in the administration of any vaccinations.
• Today, the health ministry called for certain numbered vaccine lots to be suspended. Of those listed lots, vaccine doses belonging to lot number 3004956 were found to have been administered by the University, and those vaccines will be halted from today onward. Up until now, all administered vaccines, even those belonging to lot number 3004956, were administered upon confirmation that no foreign substances were present in any vaccine dose.
• The University has received the following contact from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited: “We have yet to see any reports of safety concerns regarding this matter.” That being said, individuals who had their vaccinations administered from the lot numbers specified by the health ministry to be suspended, should take care to monitor their physical health, and should call the Covid-19 hotline (for Moderna Covid-19 vaccines) at (0120)793056 with any concerns or questions. If you experience any changes in your physical health, please consult with a medical institution.
Note: The lot numbers of your administered vaccines are listed on the sticker given to you on your Record of Vaccination for Covid-19 sheet.
If you have misplaced your Record of Vaccination for Covid-19 sheet, yet would like to confirm your administered vaccine lot numbers, please contact the Waseda University Covid-19 Vaccination Inquiry Form.
Regarding upcoming vaccinations on August 30-31, there is a slight chance that some vaccination appointments might be delayed/cancelled due to the lack of vaccines. Please refer to the Waseda University Vaccination Reservation Website ahead of time to check your appointment. We will be updating accordingly.