A Virginia vaccine clinic mistakenly gave out what they believed were COVID-19 shots to patients — but were actually empty syringes.
The mishap occurred when a worker incorrectly assumed that another colleague had filled the syringes before the appointments Monday at a Kroger clinic in Midlothian, news station WRIC reported.
“Less than 10” people got an empty shot instead of the vaccine, a Kroger spokesperson told the outlet.
The grocery store chain, which has administered more than 830,00 shots across the country, apologized for the mistake.
“We apologize for this oversight and the inconvenience caused for these customers,” the company said in a statement.
Each of the patients who got one of the empty shots has been notified.
“All impacted customers were contacted and have now received the COVID-19 vaccine,” Kroger said.
Carrie Hawes, who was one of the patients, said she was shocked to receive the call Tuesday notifying her that she didn’t receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“My initial reaction was shock and surprise, and a little anxiety,” she told news station WWBT.
She said they were more careful when she went for her second appointment.
“They were very clear with me when we went in,” she said. “They showed us the vial to make sure it was Johnson & Johnson, pulled out the vaccine, she showed me again.”
Kroger said they’ve retrained workers at the clinic and contacted local health authorities.
“We are working closely with the Virginia Department of Health on this matter,” the company said.
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