Residents injected with salt water instead of Covid vaccine in North Lanarkshire

Residents injected with salt water instead of Covid vaccine in North Lanarkshire
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Numerous residents at a nursing home have been reportedly injected with salt water instead of the coronavirus vaccine.

The incident occured at a nursing home in North Lanarkshire, in Scotland.

A saline solution was given to the residents which is used to dilute the vaccine - instead of the vaccine itself .

NHS Lanarkshire disclosed that the residents were given the normal doses later that same day and apologies had been rendered to the ones affected.

11 people at Millbrae Care Home in Coatbridge were given the wrong solution.

The error occured early in the care home vaccination programme. metro.co.uk reports

Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire nurse director, Trudi Marshall, revealed: “None of the residents who received the vaccine diluent came to any harm and they were re-vaccinated on the same day. The residents, their relatives and the care home staff were told and we offered our sincere apologies for the error.

“This happened at the beginning of the care home vaccination programme and measures were put in place immediately to avoid any similar incidents.”

The Pfizer vaccine is mixed with a small amount of saline solution after it has been removed from the fridge.

A Scottish Government spokesman told the Sunday Mail: “We were notified of the incident at the time and reassured by the health board that no harm was caused and that all residents affected received the appropriate vaccine the same day.”

The home’s operators, Thistle Healthcare, said they knew of the mistake.

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