Police investigation underway, nurse suspected of injecting people with a solution instead of a real one COVID jabs at a vaccination center in Friesland – a rural district near the North Sea coast.
Saline solution is harmless, but most people who were vaccinated between March and April in Germany – when the suspected change has occurred – are elderly and at high risk of coronavirus.
“I am totally shocked by this episode,” Sven Ambrosy, a local councilor, said on Facebook, as local authorities appealed to around 8,600 residents who may have been affected.
“The district of Friesland will do everything possible to ensure that those affected receive their vaccine protection as soon as possible. “
Peter Beer, a police investigator, told local media that, based on witness statements, there was “a reasonable suspicion of danger”.
The motive for the nurse, who has not been named, was not clear – but she had expressed skeptical views about the vaccines in social media posts, police investigators said.
It was not immediately clear whether the suspect had been arrested or charged in the case, which broadcaster NDR said was assigned to a special unit that investigates politically motivated crimes.
Local police declined to comment outside of normal working hours.