Accusations in New Zealand, Australia, and England that a SALINE solution was used as Covid-19 vaccine (First Part)

Blog post by Marica Micallef

The opposition parties in New Zealand said that the government owes an explanation to New Zealanders about what it knows, what it doesn’t, and what it will do after people were potentially given saline solution instead of the vaccine. So, an investigation was begun after staff at the Highbrook vaccination centre “realised there was an extra vial left over at the end of the day of 732 vaccinations”. This was taken as an indication that “people may have been given saline – a salt water solution – instead.”[1]

9News reported that dozens of patients were injected with saline solution instead of the Pfizer vaccine in a clinic in Melbourne’s east, thus resulting in around 30 people who “MAY or MAY NOT have received the vaccine.”[2] According to the clinic, “Unfortunately, an error occurred, as empty vaccine vials were used for preparing some of the syringes intended for vaccination.”

This “error” was also reported as an “honest mistake” and “vaccine mishap” by an official of the company ‘Kroger’, after multiple people “were mistakenly given a shot of saline instead of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Midlothian location”. [3] Kroger denied this, only to later come out with the statement that “a small number of people who came to the Little Clinic at their location off Midlothian Turnpike to get their COVID-19 vaccines ended up getting an “empty syringe” after the company previously said it was a saline shot.”[4]


[1] https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/449961/vaccination-saline-error-parties-demand-transparency-from-government

[2] https://www.9news.com.au/national/deepdene-surgery-mistakenly-injects-patients-with-saline-instead-of-pfizer-vaccine/962fe19e-c4c9-4887-8bb6-32a4ef2658f6

[3] https://www.wtvr.com/news/coronavirus/kroger-midlothian-gave-out-saline-instead-of-covid-19-vaccine

[4] https://www.nbc12.com/2021/03/11/virginia-kroger-now-says-it-administered-empty-syringes-instead-covid-vaccines/

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