Some patients got empty injections at a Covid vaccine clinic in Midlothian, Virginia
Patients were injected with empty syringes rather than the Covid-19 vaccine at a health clinic in the US.
The mistake was said to have happened when a member of staff assumed a colleague had filled the jabs with a live vaccine.
It meant that when appointments came through the doors of a Kroger clinic in Virginia, people were unwittingly given an empty shot.
A company spokeswoman told CNN in a statement that ‘a small number of patients’ received the dud vaccine at their The Little Clinic location in Midlothian.
‘All impacted customers were contacted and have received their COVID-19 vaccine,’ said Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager for Kroger mid-Atlantic. ‘We thank these customers for their understanding and have apologised for their inconvenience.’
Carrie Hawes, one of the patients to be given the empty jab, said she was shocked to receive the call on Tuesday notifying her that she didn’t receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
‘Talked to a manager right away and they explained that there had been a mistake made, that we had been given saline only, there was no vaccination material.
‘My initial reaction was shock and surprise, and a little anxiety.’
Ms Hawes said she was able to get the real one two hours after getting the call.
‘They were very clear with me when we went in.
‘They showed us the vial to make sure it was Johnson & Johnson, pulled out the vaccine, she showed me again,’ she told WWBT news.
Kroger said the mistake was ‘immediately addressed’ and that all vaccinators had gone on to be retrained and ‘reminded of our current vaccination policies’.
The supermarket chain said that it has administered almost one million vaccines at its pharmacies and clinics around the US. On Thursday, the company said it was expanding its efforts to deliver a million doses each week.
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