Former Wisconsin hospital worker arrested for intentionally spoiling coronavirus vaccine

GRAFTON, Wis. — A former Wisconsin hospital worker was arrested on Thursday afternoon after telling authorities he intentionally removed COViD-19 vaccines from the refrigerator at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

The Grafton Police Department announced the arrest in a news release, but did not provide the name of the pharmacist arrested. He is currently being held in the Ozaukee County Jail and faces tentative charges of recklessly endangering safety, altering a prescription drug and criminal damage to property. The pharmacist is a resident of Grafton, according to the release.

Last week, a former employee of Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton deliberately removed 57 vials of the Moderna vaccine from refrigeration spoiling over 500 doses of the vaccine.

On Thursday, the president of the Aurora Health Care Medical Group said 57 people received one of spoiled vaccines. The president also said there is no health harm to getting a spoiled vaccine.

The value of the spoiled vaccines is estimated to be around $8,000 to $11,000, police said.

There is no known motive as to why the pharmacist did this.