World Walgreens Store Injects People With Saline Rather Than COVID Vaccine in Mix-Up
Australia needs to rethink its Covid-19 vaccine rollout, doctor says
Epidemiologist professor Nancy Baxter says the Federal Government won't reach its target to have the entire population vaccinated by the end of the year if they continue on the current trajectory. 'We need to do it faster than we were hoping before, if we're hoping to get everyone vaccinated by the end of the year,' she told Weekend Today. Her doubts come after several setbacks to the vaccine program, which include a delayed rollout and advice, from the country's chief immunisation authority, against the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Apharmacy mistakenly administered saline injections instead of in a mix-up, the company has confirmed.
A spokesperson told local news outlets that a "limited number" of people were affected by the mistake, which occurred at a store in Monroe,. Those affected had been informed, Walgreens said, and were offered a vaccine shot for when they were able to return.
It’s Not Over for the J&J Vaccine
A pause is just that—a pause—in which health officials can reevaluate the data at hand.Experts haven’t yet conclusively determined whether J&J’s vaccine is directly causing these strange clots, or how frequently the condition might be occurring, because they’re relying largely on people reporting their health conditions to federal agencies. Roughly 7 million doses of the vaccine have been administered so far in the United States; among them were about 1 million women under the age of 50. “I think it’s reasonable to say it is a rare event, but I don’t think we should go into false precision in this kind of situation,” Saad Omer, a vaccine expert at Yale, told me.
"We are investigating what happened and have taken immediate steps to review our procedures with the location to prevent this from occurring again," the company said in a statement.
A woman who reported being among those affected said that her experience had taken place on March 20, when she and her husband were due to receive thevaccine at a store on Fincher Street.
The patient, Lisa Strawn, said she was told a pharmacist forgot to mix the vaccine, resulting in only a saline shot being administered.
"I asked the guy, I said, 'How did you figure out that we only got saline?'" she told WCCB Charlotte. "And he said, 'Well at 5:00 when she called me and said she had a lot of vaccine leftover, what was she to do with it?' and he said 'You shouldn't have any vaccine left over,' so that's how they discovered it."
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According to the Food and Drugs Administration (), saline injections can be used as a source of hydration and electrolytes. Patients with conditions such as congestive heart failure, liver disease or kidney disease would require administration with particular caution.
The FDA has reported the use of saline placebos in clinical trials for the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines.
Last week,announced it was rolling out COVID-19 vaccines in the majority of its stores in 49 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The company said it had administered more than 11 million shots as of April 12.
Walgreens was among manyafter the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( ) in its administration.
The agencies announced anin patients who had received the vaccine. According to the CDC, the six cases were reported out of 6.8 million J&J vaccine doses administered in the U.S. until April 12.
Man Hospitalized With COVID After Refusing AstraZeneca Vaccine Over Blood Clot Fears
Dutch doctors have called on health officials to take action as vaccines are "waiting in the refrigerator."The patient declined to receive the vaccine having seen media reports on the very small risk of blood-clotting events in some AZ recipients.
The Statista graph below outlines the J&J vaccine's rollout in the U.S. in comparison to theand Moderna shots.
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