Stories in America of people receiving saline solution instead of the vaccine (part two)

Blog post by Marica Micallef

“The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) acknowledged that officials were aware of a “very limited number” of instances where individuals were given covid-19 shots absent the actual vaccine. The acknowledgment came after WCSC received a report from one of its viewers that days after she received her second dose of Pfizer vaccine, she was told by the pharmacy that administered the jab that it had not been “activated.” She was told to return to the pharmacy in Summerville, South Carolina, outside of Charleston, so that the covid-19 vaccine could be re-administered.” [1] Other cases like this were reported in North Caroline, Ontario, and Boston.[2][3]

In Minneapolis (WCCO) “A group of people believing they received the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Sauk Center have now found out they received saline by mistake.”[4]

In Sanford, Maine (WABI) – A Walgreens spokesperson said that “multiple patients have received an ineffective dose of the Pfizer vaccine from their Sanford store” because employees had improperly mixed the vaccine with sterile water instead of saline.[5]

In Utah, “Over 50 people had to return to the Davis County Health Department’s Mass Vaccination Clinic in Farmington after they received a dose of saline instead of their second COVID-19 vaccine dose” after health officials said that “a new vaccinator did not mix the vaccine correctly”. [6]


[1] https://en.as.com/en/2021/07/01/latest_news/1625139465_079840.html

[2] https://abc11.com/nc-covid-vaccine-saline-mistake-mix-up/10527645/

[3] https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/roxbury-man-frustrated-after-exceedingly-rare-vaccine-mix-up/2435625/

[4] https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/03/17/vaccine-error-leads-to-some-receiving-saline-shots/

[5] https://www.wabi.tv/2021/05/22/improperly-diluted-vaccine-doses-given-to-patients-at-maine-walgreens-location/

[6] https://ksltv.com/460289/dozens-receive-corrected-2nd-vaccine-shot-after-davis-co-admits-saline-mixup/

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