All vaccines come with expiry date

Covid vaccine

A nurse holds a vial of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

Photo credit: Jeff Angote | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The most widely used Covid-19 vaccines if properly stored, can last up to six months from the time of manufacture.
  • If expired, vaccines are not administered and, hence, considered a medical waste to be safely disposed of.

No doubt, Covid-19 vaccines have mitigated the effects of the pandemic by greatly reducing the risk of hospitalisation and death. At least a dozen types have been developed and authorised for use. Many more are in different stages of development or awaiting approval. 


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