Woman mistakenly given six doses of Pfizer vaccine
A 23-year-old woman was mistakenly given six doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
The woman was administered the vaccine at the Noa hospital in Tuscany, central Italy, on Sunday. She has since been discharged from the hospital where she was being monitored for any adverse reaction, reported CNN.
The patient, who is in “good health” with no underlying conditions, was kept in the hospital under strict observation for 24 hours and was discharged Monday, said hospital spokeswoman Daniella Gianelli.
A health worker accidentally filled a syringe with an entire bottle of the vaccine, containing a total of six doses, and only realized her mistake shortly after the shot was administered.
“She saw five empty syringes and realized her mistake,” Gianelli said.
Doctors will be monitoring the woman’s immune response to the “massive dose of vaccine,” Gianelli said.
The woman was able to get the vaccine before other people in her age group because she is an intern in the hospital’s psychology department, the spokeswoman added.
An internal investigation has been opened, said Gianelli, saying that it was “maybe just human error, definitively not on purpose.”
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