, 46, of Grafton
, pleaded guilty in February to two counts of attempting to tamper with consumer products with reckless disregard for the risk that another person would be placed in danger of death or bodily injury
, Volgens a news release from the US Justice Department
Brandenburg intentionally removed Moderna vaccine vials from a hospital refrigeration unit during two overnight shifts in December 2020, die vrylating gesê. He stated he was skeptical of vaccines in general, specifically Moderna, and told his coworkers his beliefs about vaccines.
The Moderna vaccine must be kept at a specific temperature to remain effective
“Brandenburg acknowledged that after leaving the vaccines out for several hours each night, he returned the vaccines to the refrigerator to be used in the hospital’s vaccine clinic the following day,” die vrylating gesê. “Before the full extent of Brandenburg’s conduct was discovered, 57 people received doses of the vaccine from these vials.”
Brandenburg apologized before US District Judge Brett Ludwig sentenced him Tuesday
, Volgens CNN affiliate WTMJ
“I did not have the right to make this decision,” Brandenburg said, adding he feels “terrible” en is “desperately sorry and ashamed.”
Brandenburg worked for Aurora Medical Center in Grafton when the incident took place. The medical center is part of the Advocate Aurora Health system.
“With safety always our top priority, we continue to move forward after the despicable actions of this individual. Since this incident, our successful vaccination program has continued with more than 700,000 doses administered to date,” Advocate Aurora Health said in a statement provided to CNN.
Jason Balz, Brandenburg’s attorney, said he had no comment.