Two COVID-19 vaccine recipients in Wisconsin were allegedly injected with the wrong vaccine when they went for their second dose, according to a local report.
The patients were both injected with the Pfizer vaccine when they should have received Moderna, according to a local report. The incident reportedly happened last week at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WISN-TV reported.
“Vaccine recipients have been notified and internal protocols have been changed to avoid a recurrence of this situation,” Milwaukee Health Department officials said in a statement to WISN-TV, adding that the error was a “minor error.”
“The safety and efficacy of a series of mixed products have not been evaluated. Both doses in the series should be completed with the same product,”
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However, if mixtures occur, the federal health bureau states that “no further doses of any product are recommended at this time.” In other words, a patient should not receive a third dose of the vaccine in an attempt to correct the error.
Matt Anderson, senior medical director at the University of Wisconsin Health, told WISN-TV that the mixtures are not uncommon – especially if a vaccination clinic offers more than one type of COVID-19 vaccine.
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He added that patients who go in for their second dose should take a moment to double check with the vaccinator that they are getting the right vaccine.
“Patients should feel empowered to verify what I get, what gets put into my body, those kinds of things,” Anderson said. “So that confirmation – the simple step of making sure they know what’s on the card, the vaccinator knows what’s in the syringe – is valuable and important, and that’s probably the best thing people can do about it.”
A spokeswoman for the Milwaukee Health Department did not immediately return Fox News’ request for further comment.