A nurse is being investigated for exchanging Covid-19 vaccines for saline solution.
The 40-year-old nurse is accused of giving saline solutions to six individuals at the German Red Cross vaccination center in Friesland instead of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in April.
Authorities are now requesting that all 8,600 persons who were inoculated between March 5 and April 20 have another vaccination injection as a precaution.
According to Business Insider, police suspect the nurse changed out the vaccination injections on several occasions. However, it is unknown how many of the 8,600 patients were given saline injections by the nurse.
What is Saline Solution?
According to healthline, A saline solution is a salt and water solution. The sodium content in normal saline solution is 0.9 percent sodium chloride (salt), which is identical to the sodium concentration in blood and tears.
According to the authorities, the nurse has been uncooperative. “Since we do not know whether, how many and who is specifically affected, and we are talking about a period of seven weeks, we have offered everyone to carry out a repeat.” Claudia Schröder, the deputy head of the Lower Saxony corona crisis team, told the German public radio broadcaster NDR.
“A repeat vaccination is advisable even then and unproblematic if the vaccination was successful. That would not increase the protection in that case, but it is completely harmless. And so this is now the method of choice.”
The nurse’s position has since been terminated. According to reports, she was apprehended on Saturday after confiding in a coworker.
Meanwhile, people over the age of 70 who visited the Friesland vaccination center, as well as employees of hospices, mobile care services, educators, and doctors, have been affected by the nurse’s Covid vaccine swap.