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Pfizer COVID shot accidentally given to military base patients seeking other vaccine

Three individuals at a military base in Tacoma, Washington, were recently given a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shot while attempting to receive a different vaccine.

Colonel Joey Sullinger of I Corps Public Affairs told Newsweek, “Joint Base Lewis-McChord is aware three people were inadvertently administered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine instead of another vaccine at the Lewis Main Exchange.”

Sullinger added, “Positive corrective action has been taken at this vaccination site to prevent such errors from happening again. Army medical professionals are notifying and ensuring the health and welfare of those affected. This incident is under investigation.”

According to Military Times, the identities of the three individuals that accidentally received the vaccine were not released. The other vaccines they were trying to obtain were also not disclosed.

The New York Post reported that the walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations are currently being offered at Lewis-McChord for active military members and their families.

According to data from the Department of Defense, as of Wednesday 299,150 military service members were considered partially vaccinated while 1,462,302 members were fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

Data from the Department of Defense also shows that since the onset of the pandemic, there have been at least 249,858 COVID-19 cases among military members and 71 deaths.

Major Charlie Dietz previously told Military Times, “None of the service members who have died from COVID-19 have been fully vaccinated.”

“With the increase in vaccination rates across the force, we are hopeful that these tragedies will come to an end soon,” Dietz added.

This is not the first time there has been an issue with individuals accidentally receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.

In late September, a family in Maryland told WBFF News that their 4-year-old daughter was accidentally given a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as she was trying to receive a flu shot. The Pfizer vaccine has yet to be approved for children younger than 5.

Earlier this month, WFIE News in Indiana reported that a family of four, including a 5-year-old and 4-year-old were also accidentally given the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine instead of a flu shot.

Three individuals at a military base in Tacoma, Washington, were accidentally administered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Above, a vial of Pfizer COVID-19 booster vaccine sits on a table at a vaccination clinic on October 1, 2021, in San Rafael, California.
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