Kedah Health Department Apologises After Woman Receives Wrong Vaccine For Second Dose
The Kedah Health Department has apologised to a Covid-19 vaccine recipient after she was given the wrong type of vaccine during her second dose appointment at the Dewan Al Hana vaccination centre (PPV) in Sik, Kedah.
According to Kedah Health director Dr Othman Warijo, the incident happened on 5 August when the 58-year-old woman was scheduled to receive her second dose of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine. However, the nurse at the PPV failed to check the details on the woman’s vaccination card and accidentally injected the woman with the Sinovac vaccine.
The other workers soon noticed this blunder and were quick to inform the PPV manager and supervisor. The woman was then referred to a medical personnel for counselling, where she was briefed about the possible side effects of the vaccine, and had underwent observation before she was allowed to go home.
Apparently, there were two types of vaccines that were being administered on that day, namely the Pfizer-BioNtech and Sinovac vaccines. To prevent any errors, it was said that isolation and lane separation procedures were in place to guide vaccine recipients to their respective inoculation rooms for their first dose of Pfizer-BioNtech, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNtech, or the second dose of Sinovac.
But still, errors do occur. The nurse had since admitted to her mistake and personally apologised to the woman. Thankfully, the woman accepted the explanation and forgave the nurse. As a result, the nurse involved was also reprimanded, given counseling and had taken off duty that day.