Italian healthcare worker accidentally received six doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine – fr

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Italian healthcare worker accidentally received six doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine – fr


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An Italian woman accidentally received six doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, after a health worker mistakenly filled a syringe with an entire vial of the vaccine.

After receiving doses of the vaccine at Noa Hospital in Tuscany, Italy on Sunday, the 23-year-old was hospitalized for 24 hours and closely monitored, hospital spokeswoman Daniella Gianelli told CNN on Monday.

Gianelli described the patient as “in good health” with no underlying conditions and said she was released on Monday. But doctors will continue to monitor her immune response to the “massive dose of vaccine,” she said.

The health worker who administers the vaccine, Gianelli said, accidentally filled a syringe with an entire vial of the vaccine, which contained six doses and only realized his mistake after giving the dose.

“She saw five empty syringes and realized her mistake,” Gianelli said.
An internal investigation into the error is currently underway, Gianelli said, but added that it was “maybe just human error, definitely not on purpose.”

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In early April, the Italian government made the vaccination of all healthcare and pharmacy workers compulsory, in order to protect medical staff, patients and vulnerable people. The woman, Giannelli said, is an intern in the hospital’s psychology department and therefore had the right to receive the vaccine before others in her age group.
If health workers refuse the vaccine, they will be reassigned as much as possible to roles where they do not come into contact with patients, the government said. If this is not possible, they could be suspended without pay.
Many have debated the constitutionality of the decree and predicted future legal action on the matter.

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