A clinic in the York region mistakenly administered undiluted COVID-19 vaccines to its patients two weeks ago.
York Region Public Health was notified on Jan. 8 of an incident that occurred that day at Schomberg Medical Center, said Patrick Casey, the health unit’s director of corporate communications.
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“Due to an administration error, individuals at the medical center received undiluted doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine,” Casey said in a statement.
According to the health authorities, each Pfizer vial contains approximately 0.25 ml of product, to which saline is added to dilute the vial.
However, the vials were not diluted and subsequently injected. Patients received the appropriate dose six times.
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“We know that this type of incident can cause anxiety for many people. Make sure COVID-19 vaccines are safe and administration errors are extremely rare,” Casey added.
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Global News contacted Schomberg Medical Center for a comment. This clinic is not operated by York Region Public Health.
The medical center declined to comment and referred us to Public Health Ontario. No response was received at the time of publication.
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