6 people injected with saline instead of COVID-19 vaccine at Vaughan hospital

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A hospital system servicing York Region says six people were mistakenly injected with saline instead of a COVID-19 vaccine.

A statement from Mackenzie Health issued on Monday said the incident happened on March 28 at the Mackenzie Health COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, which is located at Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital.

“Saline is used to dilute the COVID-19 vaccine prior to administration. Receiving a saline injection does not cause any harm, however this should not have happened,” the statement said.

Their “internal quality assurance process” led to the issue being identified in a “timely manner” and the affected people were contacted and offered support, the statement said.

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They were also tested for antibodies to see if they needed to receive another shot.

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“We sincerely apologize for the error and for the uncertainty and concern this situation has caused,” Mackenzie Health said.

“We have undertaken a full review of our processes and have implemented additional safeguards to prevent this from happening again.”

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