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On 21 December 2020 the European Medicines Agency recommended the registration of the first vaccine for the prophylaxis of COVID-19 from Pfizer-BioNTech under the trade name Comirnaty.1 On 26 December the first person was vaccinated in Slovakia, and since that date vaccination has continued throughout the country. As this vaccine requires special handling and dilution before administration, it is beneficial to prepare it in sterile compounding units of hospital pharmacies.
In Europe, aseptic preparation of parenterals is considered a crucial process as errors in preparation may lead to microbial contamination of the product which poses a risk of harming the patient.2 Results from many studies indicate that pharmacists prepare syringes with less contamination than nurses thanks to their …
Contributors BD wrote and designed the study. LS and HK helped with design and writing the study. All authors provided data and helped with analysing and interpreting the data.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.