December 29, 2020
Nursing home workers received five times the recommended dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in Germany and had to be hospitalized for observation.
The incident occurred in the north of the country, where eight employees of a nursing home received an overdose, tarnishing the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 and after some German districts refused to use the vaccines received over the weekend.
West Pomerania-Rügen district authorities said four of the employees were admitted for observation after developing flu-like symptoms. in the city of Stralsund after receiving five times the recommended dose of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine on Sunday, December 27,
“I am deeply sorry for the incident. This case is due to individual errors. I hope that all those affected do not suffer any serious side effects, ”said district chief Stefan Kerth in a statement.
Last weekend, some German districts refused to use the vaccines received on suspicion that cold conditions were affected during delivery.
Although the laboratory has yet to comment on the matter, West Pomeranian-Rügen authorities pointed to earlier statements from BioNtech saying that larger doses were tested in the Phase 1 study without serious consequences.