An incredibly unlucky woman was mistakenly given six doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Massa, Italy, CBS News reports.
The unfortunate incident was reportedly the result of a distracted nurse.
Fortunately, the 23-year-old woman didn’t experience any serious side effects after receiving all six doses all at once.
“This person at this time will certainly not have side effects,” Antonella Vicenti, director of infectious diseases at Noa Hospital in Massa, Italy, said, as quoted by CBS.
“The patient did not have fever and did not have any pain except for pain at the inoculation site, nor any other manifestations,” she added. “She was a bit frightened, thus we preferred to keep her here until this morning.”
It’s still unclear if the woman will see any effects on her antibody levels and her immune response to the coronavirus. She’s now being held at the hospital to determine if she still needs her second — or seventh? — scheduled dose.
The nurse was a trainee, according to Euronews, and administered the six doses when she wasn’t paying attention.
“This is something that should never happen,” Tommaso Bellandi, director of patient security for the northwest Tuscany health authority, said. “Unfortunately, due to our limits as human beings, as well as organizational limits, these things can happen.”
Instead of receiving a diluted dose, including the sixth of a single Pfizer vial, the woman was injected with the entire undiluted vial.
“[The nurse] thought that the dilution had taken place,” Bellandi said, according to CBS. “They are both transparent liquids of the same density. Unfortunately, this contributed to the error.”
It’s still unclear whether the young woman now has superpowers allowing her to destroy the coronavirus with lasers coming out of her eyes.
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