She was given the jab at Great Western Hospital in Swindon (Picture: Google Maps)
A woman was given a dose of the wrong coronavirus vaccine when she went to get her second dose.
The patient, who wants to stay anonymous, had the AstraZeneca vaccine the first time around.
But when she went back for the booster jab, she was given a dose made by Pfizer.
Now the hospital in Swindon where it happened has apologised for the mix up – but said the vaccine should still work as intended.
A spokesman for Great Western Hospital offered ‘sincere apologies’ for the mistake and said it would carry out a review to make sure it wasn’t repeated.
The woman’s husband said they were furious about the error.
The woman was meant to have an AstraZeneca jab (Picture: SIPA USA/PA)
He said when she booked her appointment at the hospital in Swindon, she made it clear she had already been given the AstraZeneca vaccine.
He said: ‘I couldn’t believe it; it’s a huge error and very concerning.
‘They told us this is the first time it’s happened – not just in Swindon but in the UK.’
The husband, who himself was going for his first jab at the same time, said: ‘The call handler asked her which vaccine she had last time so we assumed that would be written down and passed on to the medics.
‘We split up into different rooms and when we came out, she told me what happened.’
His wife said that healthcare staff didn’t ask to see the card given to her after her first vaccine although she put it face-up on the table in clear view.
Her husband added: ‘Afterwards a doctor came out and said sorry but said we think you will be okay.
‘It does not make sense, there should be a number of fail safes in place to ensure this does not happen. We couldn’t understand how or why this had occurred.’
A Great Western Hospital spokesman said: ‘We have offered our sincere apologies for giving her a different Covid-19 vaccine as her second dose.
‘We have taken advice from the South West Clinical Advice and Response Service, an external service that provides vaccination centres with expert advice and guidance.
‘It advised that both of the currently authorised vaccines in this situation are based on the spike protein and so the second dose will work as it should to boost the response to the first dose.
‘For this reason, no further doses are required, and we do not anticipate any ill effects arising from this.
‘We are reviewing the current pathways within our vaccination hub to learn from this incident and make sure similar incidents are avoided in the future.’
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