Roger Topping resigns as Mercer County Health Department Administrator

ROGER TOPPING RESIGNS AS HEALTH ADMIN.

PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A county health administrator in West Virginia has resigned after his department mistakenly administered the wrong dosage of Moderna’s COVID-19 booster shot to about 200 people last month.

The Mercer County Health Department’s board accepted administrator Roger Topping’s resignation Tuesday night.

During an Oct. 28 vaccine clinic, full doses of the Moderna booster were given out instead of the recommended half doses, news outlets reported.

Dr. Ayne Amjad, the state’s health officer, said the full dose is not harmful but could cause a stronger side effect in some people.

Topping had said the department did not know half dosages should have been administered.

“We made a mistake,” Topping said. “We erred, and we are owning up to that. We are sorry it happened. But we thought we were doing what we were supposed to do. To my knowledge, we never received a memo that was directing us to use half of the full dose.”

Vaccine clinics operated by the Mercer County Health Department have been stopped temporarily.


PRINCETON, WV (WOAY) The Mercer County Board of Health has reportedly accepted Roger Topping’s resignation.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph is reporting that Topping gave his letter of resignation and  30-day notice, prior to a special meeting Tuesday night. But board member Robb Williams made the motion to accept the resignation, effective immediately, and it passed unanimously.

According to the report, the meeting was called to consider what action, if any, needed to be taken after the health department mistakenly administered the wrong dosage of the COVID Moderna booster shot at a clinic in late October.

Newswatch reported earlier this week that the Mercer County Health Department was temporarily banned from giving booster shots when the state Bureau of Public Health discovered that some residents were given a full dose of Moderna rather than a half dose.

Topping said the department did not know the dosages should have been half, telling the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, “We made a mistake. We erred, and we are owning up to that. We are sorry it happened. But we thought we were doing what we were supposed to do.”

The bureau reportedly sent a team to the health department to evaluate what happened and educate personnel to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

In the report, board member Williams said a search will begin immediately for a replacement and he thanked Topping for his service at the health department.

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