Medical worker accidentally injected with whole vial of COVID-19 vaccine

Pharmacist admitted to hospital out of abundance of caution after being injected entire vial of COVID shot, amounting to five or six regular doses, and released shortly after as he displayed no adverse side effects

A Maccabi Healthcare Services pharmacist was accidentally injected Tuesday with a full vile of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine.
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  • Uday Azizi received an injection that amounts to five or six regular doses in one shot, and in addition, the vial was not diluted in accordance with health directives.
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    A healthcare worker filling up a syringe with Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine at a clinic in Bnei Brak
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    Apparently, the healthcare worker administering the shot did not realize that each Pfizer vial contains several doses of the vaccine.
    According to official guidelines for the vaccine, each person should receive two doses of the vaccine 21 days apart.
    Following the incident, Azizi was transferred to the hospital for supervision but was released to his home after not displaying any adverse side effects.
    He said he had only experienced mild, common side effects so far — local pain and some redness at the injection area.
    The Health Ministry said it will launch a probe into the incident.
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    Elderly at a retirement home in Ganei Tikva waiting to receive the coronavirus vaccine
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    The national vaccination program began on Sunday, with medical workers getting the first injections. Starting Monday, vaccinations were also made available to citizens aged 60 and over.
    Earlier on Tuesday, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said nearly 30,000 Israelis have already been vaccinated for COVID-19, including himself.
    Edelstein said he was satisfied with the speed of the vaccination process and added he was aware some citizens faced problems setting up appointments to get inoculated due to "the remarkable demand of citizens who understand the importance of getting vaccinated."

    Reprinted courtesy of i24NEWS
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