MOUNT CARMEL – Overdoses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were given to 24 residents of the valley during a mobile vaccination clinic on the campus of Mount Carmel High School on Wednesday.
Latino Connection, which uses CATE (or community-available trials and education) units to administer vaccines as one of the Ministry of Health’s partner agencies, said inappropriate doses were administered by volunteer nurses and the error was quickly identified and government agencies were contacted immediately.
The company said the patients were being closely monitored, showed no adverse side effects and were in stable condition.
Health Communications Director Barry Chicochopo said the state had been informed and monitored the 24 individuals.
“The department was informed that a vaccine provider had administered the wrong dose of COVID-1
In April, 77 prisoners in Iowa received an overdose of the vaccine, according to the Associated Press. Prisoners were closely monitored by medical staff, but showed only side effects often associated with the vaccine, including injection site pain, body aches, fatigue, and fever.
Ciccocioppo called the mistake in Mount Carmel isolated and said it should not discourage people from getting the vaccine.
“We are redoubling our efforts to ensure that all vaccine providers and clinicians fully understand the process of administering each of the COVID-19 vaccines,” he said.
George Fernandez, CEO of Latino Connection, said he firmly sees important issues related to public health and safety.
“I want to emphasize the vigilance and prompt action of the staff, who immediately tackled the problem and followed practiced protocols,” Fernandez said. “Our mission is to put safety first, and I’m sure we did that here today.”
So far, CATE’s mobile vaccinations have given approximately 6,800 COVID-19 vaccines in Pennsylvania, according to a company report. Wednesday’s error accounted for less than one percent of those who attended one of the company’s events.
“Anyone wishing to be vaccinated against COVID-19 should feel confident and confident in their decision to visit a vaccination clinic,” the company said in a statement.