The Health Service Executive has confirmed that 22 vials of Covid-19 vaccine that were delivered to a nursing home were incorrectly stored and could no longer be used.

The vials were sent to a nursing home in the Midlands Louth Meath Community Health Organisation.

The HSE said the appropriate cold chain was not in place.

Twenty-two vials equates to 132 doses of the vaccine.

The HSE said a range of supports are being offered to residents and staff at the home.

In a statement, the HSE said: “It is disappointing for all concerned, residents and staff. We are sorry that this incident has taken place. However, 49 residents and staff were successfully vaccinated at the facility.

“The Community Healthcare Organisation will now work with national colleagues to undertake the remaining vaccinations at the LTRC facility as soon as possible.”

The HSE said it was “very conscious that this is upsetting news for families, residents and staff members who are working hard to protect residents from Covid-19 and we are offering a range of supports to all concerned”.